Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

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CHICAGO (AP) | A judge appointed a special prosecutor on Aug. 23 to look into why the Chicago state’s attorney’s office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former “Empire” actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself that he staged to get attention.

Smollett maintains that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in January. But if the special prosecutor, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, determines that the charges shouldn’t have been dropped, he could recommend that they be reinstated or that new charges be brought.

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Fox: Jussie Smollet gone from ‘Empire,’ character lives on

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) | Jussie Smollett is gone from “Empire” but his character will live on, at least in photos.

Smollett’s Jamal Lyon, who last season married Kai (Toby Onwumere), will be away on his honeymoon when the Fox drama returns Sept. 24 for its sixth and last season, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday.

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Smollett wants Chicago’s lawsuit moved to federal court

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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 July 3 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 that he was a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.

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Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Jussie Smollett probe

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CHICAGO (AP) | A judge appointed a special prosecutor June 21 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 January.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin suggested that the county’s state’s attorney, Kim Foxx, mishandled the Smollett case by appointing a top aide to oversee it after she recused herself.

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‘Empire’ will end after season six with ‘no plans’ to bring back Jussie Smollett

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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“Empire” will return for a sixth season but it will be the final season for the Fox series.

“We are turning the final season into a large TV event,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier told EW. “We are trying to go out guns a-blazing. One of the great benefits of announcing the final season is that it actually allows fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve. Six years is a remarkable run.”

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Chicago’s top prosecutor subpoenaed in Jussie Smollett case

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CHICAGO (AP) | Chicago’s top prosecutor has been subpoenaed to appear in court by a retired appellate judge who’s pushing for a special prosecutor to investigate the handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sheila O’Brien also subpoenaed Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s top deputy and requested that Smollett appear at a hearing on her request.

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‘Empire’ makes history with first gay, black wedding on primetime TV

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: Toby Onwumere and Jussie Smollett on ‘Empire.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Empire” made history on Wednesday night by featuring the first wedding between two gay, black men on primetime television.

Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Kai (Toby Onwumere) said their “I dos” for a groundbreaking scene in the episode titled “Never Doubt I Love.”

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Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

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CHICAGO (AP) | Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself filed a lawsuit April 23 against the “Empire” actor’s attorneys, alleging that they repeatedly asserted publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing that wasn’t true.

A lawyer for Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the brothers. It names Mark Geragos and his law firm as defendants.

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‘SNL’ mocks Jussie Smollett case with Sandra Oh

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Saturday Night Live” mocked the Jussie Smollett case in a skit starring host and ‘Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh as Smollett’s manager.

The skit titled “Network Meeting” starts off with Oh trying to keep Smollett’s (Chris Redd) job on “Empire” in a meeting with show runner Lee Daniels (Kenan Thompson) and Fox executives (Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon and Ego Nwodim).

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Trump says DOJ, FBI to review the Jussie Smollett case

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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President Donald Trump tweeted on March 28 that the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI will review the “outrageous” Jussie Smollett case after prosecutors dropped 16 counts of disorderly conduct against the “Empire” actor.

“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” Trump tweeted.

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Chicago prosecutors drop all charges against Jussie Smollett

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois have dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. On March 14, Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false report. He pled not guilty.

Smollett was summoned to an emergency court hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday where State Attorney Kim Foxx told him that all charges against him had been dropped and his record expunged. Smollett forfeited his bond and the judge also granted a motion to seal the case from the public.

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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about attack

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CHICAGO (AP) | “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty March 14 to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago.

Lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on behalf of the 36-year-old actor during a hearing in Cook County Circuit Court after Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to oversee the case, including the trial.

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