• Jussie Smollett speaks out against case, says charges are ‘bullsh-t’

    Jussie Smollett speaks out against case, says charges are ‘bullsh-t’

    Jussie Smollett has spoken out for the first time in nearly two years — insisting he’s innocent and the case against him is “bulls–t.” Smollett, accused of staging a racist and homophobic hate crime against himself, spoke with BET News host and former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill on an Instagram Live session Wednesday evening …
  • Judge rejects release of Kim Foxx probe in Jussie Smollett case

    Judge rejects release of Kim Foxx probe in Jussie Smollett case

    The special prosecutor tasked with re-investigating the Jussie Smollett case implored a judge Friday to release his entire investigation into Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx — but the request was denied. Dan Webb, who brought new charges against Smollett in February, just wrapped up his investigation into Foxx’s handling of the case but could …
  • Special Prosecutor Finds ‘Abuses of Discretion’ but No Criminal Wrongdoing by Chicago Prosecutors in Jussie Smollett Case

    Special Prosecutor Finds ‘Abuses of Discretion’ but No Criminal Wrongdoing by Chicago Prosecutors in Jussie Smollett Case

    Special Prosecutor Dan Webb concluded Monday that Chicago prosecutors committed “substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures” in their handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett last year but are not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing. According to a news release in which Webb announced the conclusion of his investigation, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx …
  • Kim Foxx engaged in ‘substantial abuses’ letting Jussie Smollett walk free: prosecutor

    Kim Foxx engaged in ‘substantial abuses’ letting Jussie Smollett walk free: prosecutor

    The special prosecutor assigned to investigate the handling of the Jussie Smollett case says Chicago’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx, engaged in “substantial abuses” in letting the actor go free. “The [Office of the Special Prosecutor] did develop evidence that establishes substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures by the [Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office] in …
  • Jurnee Smollett defends Jussie’s innocence: ‘I believe my brother’

    Jurnee Smollett defends Jussie’s innocence: ‘I believe my brother’

    Jussie Smollett’s sister, Jurnee, is standing by his side amid the ongoing investigation into whether the actor paid two men to stage an attack against him in January 2019. “It’s been f–king painful,” Jurnee, 33, told The Hollywood Reporter, “one of the most painful things my family’s ever experienced — to love someone as much …
  • Abel and Ola Osundairo will testify against Jussie Smollett after all

    Abel and Ola Osundairo will testify against Jussie Smollett after all

    The two brothers at the heart of the Jussie Smollett hate crime saga are walking back their decision to not testify against the disgraced actor, saying Thursday they plan to continue to cooperate with investigators.  Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who claim Smollett paid them to stage a hate crime, announced late Wednesday the Chicago Police …
  • Jussie Smollett’s alleged ‘attackers’ now unwilling to testify against him

    Jussie Smollett’s alleged ‘attackers’ now unwilling to testify against him

    The brothers who claimed they were paid to stage an attack against Jussie Smollett are now reportedly unwilling to testify against the actor. Chicago Police allege Abel Osundario and his brother, Ola, were paid $3,500 to jump Smollett in what the actor feigned was a racist and homophobic attack against him back in January 2019. …
  • Jussie Smollett can’t use ‘double jeopardy’ defense against new charges, judge rules

    Jussie Smollett can’t use ‘double jeopardy’ defense against new charges, judge rules

    Jussie Smollett’s double-jeopardy defense can’t get him off on new charges related to his alleged Chicago attack-hoax, a judge ruled. The disgraced former “Empire” actor‘s lawyers argued that the new six-count indictment brought forward by a special prosecutor in February — 13 months after he allegedly faked a racist and homophobic beating — should be …
  • Jussie Smollett cites George Floyd protests, demands police transparency

    Jussie Smollett cites George Floyd protests, demands police transparency

    Embattled actor Jussie Smollett cited ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd while demanding more transparency from cops in his own criminal case, according to new court documents. The former “Empire” star says he deserves to know why Chicago’s top cop, Eddie Johnson, was fired from the position last year, because it may be …
  • Federal Judge Tosses Out Jussie Smollett’s ‘Malicious Prosecution’ Suit against Chicago P.D.

    Federal Judge Tosses Out Jussie Smollett’s ‘Malicious Prosecution’ Suit against Chicago P.D.

    Jussie Smollett’s counter-suit against the Chicago Police Department for “malicious prosecution” was thrown out by a federal judge on Wednesday on the grounds that the Empire actor lacks the standing to counter-sue while he has outstanding proceedings against him. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall also said in her ruling that the police acted properly considering they “had …