A US judge has refused to dismiss Chicago’s lawsuit against former Empire actor Jussie Smollett.
A special prosecutor looking into why charges were abruptly dismissed against actor Jussie Smollett will not be replaced after a judge rejected concerns that campaign money could taint the findings.
Jussie Smollett’s lawyers have filed a motion arguing that the actor should not have to pay Chicago 130,000 US dollars for a police investigation into what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack, because he could not have known how much time and money the department would spend looking into his allegations.
A judge has named a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett that accused him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself.
Chicago police have released hundreds of files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s claim he was attacked by two men – including video footage of the Empire actor wearing a thin white rope wrapped around his neck.
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.
New documents on the Jussie Smollett case show that prosecutors told Chicago police detectives that a possible deal with the Empire actor was in the works a month before charges against him were dropped.
Empire has been renewed for a sixth season – but there are “no plans” for Jussie Smollett to return to the show, Fox said.
Two brothers who said they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself are suing the Empire actor’s lawyers for defamation.
Jussie Smollett’s brother has defended the Empire actor, and asked: “What if he is telling the truth?”
The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett 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.
The Chicago prosecutor whose office dismissed charged against Jussie Smollett has defended the decision, saying the Empire actor was treated no differently than thousands of other defendants whose charges were similarly dropped since she took office.
A lawyer for Jussie Smollett has written a letter warning that if Chicago sues the TV star for the cost of the investigation into his claim that he was attacked, he will demand sworn evidence from mayor Rahm Emanuel, the police chief and others.
The city of Chicago plans to sue Jussie Smollett to recoup the costs of investigating an alleged attack on the actor.
Chicago city officials on Thursday ordered Empire actor Jussie Smollett to pay 130,000 dollars (£99,500) to cover the cost of the investigation into his report of a street attack that police say was staged to promote his career.
Donald Trump has called the Jussie Smollett case an “embarrassment” to the US days after all charges were dropped against the actor.
Jussie Smollett’s lawyer has accused authorities of “continuing their campaign” against the actor despite prosecutors dropping all charges against him.
Empire star Jussie Smollett’s lawyer is trying to shift attention back to two brothers who told police they were paid by the actor to help stage a racist, anti-gay attack on him.
Prosecutors have abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, defence lawyers have said, apparently abandoning the case barely five weeks after the Empire actor was accused of lying to police about being the target of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago.
Jussie Smollett has said he has been “truthful and consistent” after all charges against him were dropped.