Latest Jussie Smollett News

Lawyers: Actor is a victim, so special prosecutor not needed

Jul. 19, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for Jussie Smollett on Friday filed motions contending that because the actor was the victim of an attack earlier this year in Chicago a judge should reverse his decision to appoint a special prosecutor. Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin named a special prosecutor to...

Smollett wants Chicago's lawsuit moved to federal court

Jul. 3, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett wants the lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court. The motion filed Wednesday and released to the media by Smollett's representatives comes after the city sued the actor in April for the cost of investigating his allegations...

10 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 25, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. FEDS MOVE MIGRANT KIDS AFTER AP EXPOSES BAD TREATMENT Most of the children were removed from a Border Patrol station near El Paso, Texas, following reports that more than 300 children were detained in...

Police release more than 1,000 files from Smollett probe

Jun. 25, 2019 2:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police on Monday released more than 1,000 files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim he was attacked by two men, including video footage that for the first time shows the "Empire" actor with a thin, white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a...

Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probe

Jun. 21, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in...

Judge appoints special prosecutor to investigate Chicago prosecutor's decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett

Jun. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Judge appoints special prosecutor to investigate Chicago prosecutor's decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett.

Today in History

Jun. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2019. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 11:54 a.m. Eastern time. Today's Highlight in History: On June 21, 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney were slain in Philadelphia, Mississippi;...

Another "Empire" actor arrested, but on traffic offense

Jun. 17, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Another "Empire" actor has been arrested in Chicago, but this time on a traffic-related offense. Police spokeswoman Karie James said Monday that Bryshere Gray, who plays a younger brother of Jussie Smollett's character on the Chicago-based Fox TV show, was pulled over Thursday because a...

Chicago releases 911 calls from Smollett incident in January

Jun. 6, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has released two 911 calls made after "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack. Recordings of the calls following the January 29 incident were obtained by The Associated Press and other outlets Wednesday evening. Both calls...

Prosecutor shifts Smollett recusal reasons, releases files

Jun. 1, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's top prosecutor again shifted her explanation for why she recused herself from an investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim that he'd been the target of a hate crime, saying she stepped aside because of false rumors she was related to the "Empire" actor. Cook County State's...