While Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx publicly recused herself in the Jussie Smollett case, she continued to follow it and discuss it with staff.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett on Thursday 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, with the city saying — at minimum — that it now wants triple the amount it initially asked Smollett to pay.
He “will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum,” the "Empire" actor's attorney said in response. The city of Chicago now plans to sue the star.
The move comes after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was stunned by the prosecutor's decision to drop all charges against Smollett, told WGN Radio that city officials will be sending the actor a bill.
The president wants an investigation into why charges against the actor — who said he was attacked by two Trump supporters — were dropped.
Criminal defense attorney Steven Graff Levine answers questions about whether the Jussie Smollett case is over, why the "Empire" star forfeited his $10,000 bail and more.
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx defends her office's decision to drop all charges.
“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson expressed joy for her co-star Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, after all 16 criminal charges against the actor were dropped by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.“I’m happy that the truth has finally been set free, because I knew it all along,” Henson told USA Today on Tuesday. “We’re all happy for him, and thank God the truth prevailed.”Henson plays Cookie Lyon on “Empire,” mother to Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon.Henson said she never doubted Smollett’s claims that he was randomly attacked by two men shouting racial and homophobic slurs in his Chicago neighborhood on Jan. 29.Also Read: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Calls Jussie Smollett's Dropped Charges a 'Whitewash of Justice'“When I know someone, there’s nothing you can say to make me flip on them, and that’s what we miss in this world,” Henson said. “Why are we so easy to believe strangers over people we know?”Henson went on to criticize media coverage of Smollett, who last month was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct. Smollett, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was accused of lying to police regarding the Jan. 29 incident.“I’m not going to jump on clickbait just because someone says something derogatory about a person I know and love,” she says. “I’m not easily swayed like that. Those little clickbait [reports] weren’t enough to deter me from his immaculate track record. I know the type of activism this young man does in his community, I know that he’s a giver – he’s not an attention-seeker.”Henson maintained that “we should absolutely believe victims,” adding, “That’s why a lot of people, especially females, feel like they can’t come forward saying they’ve been raped. I believe that’s why we have a whole MeToo movement, because women have felt they couldn’t come forward because they’d be criminalized in some way. Movements don’t just come out of the sky – movements happen because they’re needed. You have a group of people who haven’t been heard.”Also Read: Chicago Prosecutors 'Stand Behind' Jussie Smollett Investigation Despite Dropped Charges: 'We Didn't Exonerate Him'Fox has not addressed whether Smollett will now return to “Empire” after their previous decision to remove him from the final two episodes of the season, but the network released a statement earlier today saying, “We are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed.”The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office told TheWrap in a statement on Tuesday, “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”Read original story Taraji P. Henson Responds After Jussie Smollett’s Charges Are Dropped: ‘The Truth Has Finally Been Set Free’ At TheWrap
The Chicago Police Department and Mayor Rahm Emanual are speaking out about the Cook County State's Attorney's Office's decision and getting unexpected support.
The actor appeared on Wednesday's episode, which aired just days after he was indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly faking a hate crime.
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“It was one of the most challenging interviews I’ve ever had to do," the "Good Morning America" co-host said.
Empire is no longer standing by its man. The Fox drama has suspended Jussie Smollett in the wake of the actor’s arrest for allegedly staging last month’s hate-crime attack against himself. Smollett’s sorta-dismissal comes as the Fox drama was winding down production on Season 5; there’s no word how his character Jamal’s absence in this season’s […]
Jussie Smollett is back on the set of "Empire" in Chicago following his release from police custody on Thursday, Variety has learned. Smollett was released after posting bail in Chicago after police charged him with staging what was originally reported as a hate crime last month. He was originally intended to film throughout this week […]
The “Empire” star turned himself into the Chicago Police Department on Thursday morning after he was charged with disorderly conduct for false report of offense.
Fox is considering removing Jussie Smollett from production on "Empire." Sources close to the production told Variety that producers are weighing whether to suspend the actor after he was charged Wednesday in Chicago with filing a false police report. A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series, declined to comment. Smollett's status on […]
Jussie Smollett faces accusations that he fabricated the details of a purported hate-crime attack that ended with him having a noose placed around his neck and seeking medical attention.
In an email to HuffPost, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said thatthe attorney for the "Empire" actor had been contacted with a request for afollow-up interview