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Brothers sue Jussie Smollett's lawyers, claiming defamation

Apr. 23, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself sued the "Empire" actor's attorneys on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation by continuing to insist publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing...

The Latest: Smollett's attorneys call lawsuit 'ridiculous'

Apr. 23, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed against Jussie Smollett's attorneys (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Jussie Smollett's attorneys say a lawsuit accusing them of defaming two brothers who say they helped the "Empire" actor stage an attack against himself is "ridiculous." Attorneys Mark Geragos and...

Brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage an attack against the "Empire" actor sue his attorney for defamation

Apr. 23, 2019 10:35 AM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage an attack against the "Empire" actor sue his attorney for defamation.

Smollett case could undermine prosecutor's reform efforts

Apr. 23, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

Chicago's top prosecutor drew heavy criticism after she recused herself from the case against Jussie Smollett and then complained in text messages to a subordinate that her office had overcharged the "Empire" actor. But anyone who has followed Kim Foxx's work recognized in the texts the same reforms she has been...

Prosecutor threatened after Smollett charges dropped

Apr. 22, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case has received death threats in the wake of the dismissal of charges against the "Empire" actor. The Chicago Sun-Times reports chief of staff to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx confirmed Monday the prosecutor's...

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...