Latest Jussie Smollett News

Prosecutor won't comment until review of Smollett case done

Apr. 19, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County state's attorney says she won't comment further on the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago until a county inspector general finishes his review of prosecutors' decision to drop charges against the "Empire" actor. Kim Foxx said in a written statement Friday that she doesn't want...

2 top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor's office

Apr. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two top deputies to the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case are resigning. Documents obtained through open records requests show the resignations will take effect May 3 in the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Both deputies say their departures are...

Despite recusal, prosecutor told deputy Smollett overcharged

Apr. 17, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Despite recusing herself from the case, Chicago's top prosecutor weighed in on the allegations against Jussie Smollett last month, telling a deputy that she believed her office had overcharged the "Empire" actor, according to newly released texts and emails. The text message exchange...

Chicago prosecutor to start erasing pot convictions soon

Apr. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A top Chicago prosecutor says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won't be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx told the Chicago Sun-Times last week...

Man who says he helped actor stage attack wins boxing title

Apr. 14, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of two brothers who say Jussie Smollett paid them to help him stage a racist, anti-gay attack against himself has won an amateur boxing title in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo became a Chicago Golden Gloves champion with a technical knockout Friday...

Prosecutor asks for review of how Smollett case was handled

Apr. 12, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County state's attorney said Friday that she has asked the county's inspector general to review how her office handled "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others have criticized the decision by Kim Foxx's office to drop charges against...

City of Chicago sues Jussie Smollett for investigative costs

Apr. 11, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett on Thursday in a bid to recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say was orchestrated by the "Empire" actor as a publicity stunt, with the city saying — at minimum — that it now wants triple the...

Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack

Apr. 11, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police in January that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 22 — Smollett receives a racist and homophobic threatening letter at the studio in Chicago...

Chicago sues "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to recoup cost of investigating his report of a racist, anti-gay attack

Apr. 11, 2019 6:33 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago sues "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to recoup cost of investigating his report of a racist, anti-gay attack.

Prosecutor defends dropping charges against Jussie Smollett

Apr. 6, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago prosecutor whose office dismissed charged against Jussie Smollett defended the decision on Saturday, saying the "Empire" actor was treated no differently than thousands of other defendants whose charges were similarly dropped since she took office. Cook County State's Attorney...