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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...

4 Chicago police officers fighting McDonald-related firings

Apr. 10, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A hearing is set for four Chicago police officers who are fighting their dismissals following accusations they covered up a white officer's 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. A Chicago Police Board hearing officer has set aside three days for testimony starting Wednesday....

Chicago prosecutor open to investigation into Smollett case

Mar. 30, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx is open to an outside investigation into her office's decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett, the prosecutor wrote in a newspaper editorial. Foxx said in a Friday night op-ed for the Chicago Tribune that a review about prosecutors' decision...

A look at the cast of characters in the Jussie Smollett saga

Mar. 29, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett, a successful but not A-list actor, burst into the world's consciousness in January after he reported being the victim of a racist and anti-gay attack. In the two months since, a number of figures in Chicago and beyond have gained international attention and emerged as...

Smollett saga shook public trust, heightened racial tensions

Mar. 28, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

In the two months since Jussie Smollett reported a late-night attack by assailants shouting racial and anti-gay slurs, the "Empire" actor and activist went from victim to defendant. Police and many in the black community rallied to his defense before condemning his account as a hoax. On Tuesday, Smollett was a...

Chicago prosecutor defends decision to drop Smollett charges

Mar. 27, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on Wednesday defended the decision by her staff to drop charges that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack in January. Foxx recused herself before Smollett was charged last month because she had discussed the case with a...

Backlash, questions follow dismissal of Jussie Smollett case

Mar. 27, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The "Empire" star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago. But with little explanation, authorities on Tuesday...

Prosecutors dismiss charges against Smollett, draw backlash

Mar. 26, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Infuriating Chicago's mayor and police chief, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday after the "Empire" actor accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 in bail. But he maintained his innocence and...

Chicago police union wants federal probe in Smollett case

Mar. 19, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago police union's president alleges that the county's top prosecutor interfered with the investigation of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett before recusing herself and wants the Justice Department to determine if she broke any laws. WLS-TV in Chicago reports that Fraternal Order of...

Cook County prosecutor suggested Smollett probe go to FBI

Mar. 13, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Records show Cook County's top prosecutor asked Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett before the actor was charged with lying to authorities. Email and text messages given to the Chicago Sun-Times by State's Attorney Kim...