Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett is not going to walk away scot-free just yet from his case after a Cook County judge ordered Friday the appointment of a special prosecutor.
Smollett allegedly staged a hate crime against himself and recorded the entire event as evidence. The two men he hired to stage the attack are suing Smollett’s legal team saying they were paid by the now fired “Empire” actor. This evidence suggests the entire event was a hoax yet, all charges were dropped against Smollett by State Attorney Kim Foxx. Even, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a “whitewash of justice.”
“There was no master on the bridge to guide the ship as it floundered through uncharted waters, and it ultimately lost its bearings,” said Judge Michael Toomin Friday. “… The unprecedented irregularities identified in this case warrants the appointment of independent counsel to restore the public’s confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system.”
We stand firmly behind the work of detectives in investigating the fabricated incident reported by Jussie Smollett & #ChicagoPolice will fully cooperate with the court appointed special prosecutor. pic.twitter.com/bCDF0NYfzP
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) June 21, 2019
Smollett is also wrapped up in a lawsuit from the city of Chicago who is now asking him to cover the overtime police costs during the investigation. Chicago Police shared in a tweet Friday, “We stand firmly behind the work of detectives in investigating the fabricated incident reported by Jussie Smollett & Chicago Police will fully cooperated with the court appointed special prosecutor.”