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UPDATE: Police Release Video of Smollett After 'Attack,' Actor ‘Searched Himself’ 50 Times on Google

posted by Hannity Staff - 6.25.19

Chicago police released new details regarding ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime hoax Tuesday; publishing videos of the celebrity wearing a “noose” and saying he searched his own name “50 times” following the “attack.”

“In the days after Jussie Smollett said he was the victim of a racially motivated attack, there was a spike in interest in his story–including from the actor himself,” reports CBS Chicago. “Smollett, shortly after the Jan. 29 incident, Googled himself more than 50 times, a review of his computer search records by Chicago Police found.”

“Chicago Police released Jussie Smollett’s search history in the days following the reported attack. He googled ‘Jussie Smollett’ at least 50+ times,” added on reporter.

In a surprising turn of events, a Cook County Judge appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the scandal surrounding ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett; probing a Chicago official’s sudden decision to drop all charges regarding his alleged hate crime hoax.

“Judge Michael Toomin ruled that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx had the right to withdraw from the prosecution but could not legally appoint her top deputy to handle the case in her place,” reports the Chicago Tribune. “The special prosecutor could end up charging Smollett, Toomin said, and if the investigation uncovers suspicion of wrongdoing by others, additional charges could be brought.”

“Former state appellate Judge Sheila O’Brien has spearheaded the effort for a special prosecutor, arguing that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s actions created ‘a perception that justice was not served here, that Mr. Smollett received special treatment,’” adds the newspaper. “County prosecutors oppose the move, saying a special prosecutor would duplicate the efforts of the county inspector general’s office.”

The Chicago Police Department released hundreds of documents surrounding the case earlier this year; filing a lawsuit against Smollett to recoup costs associated with lengthy investigation.

“Feb 13: Police located and interviewed the Osundairo brothers, who confessed. They said Jussie Smollett planned and staged the attack. This was one day before Smollett went on Good Morning America,” posted a reporter with CBS Chicago.

The disclosure comes days after a judge in Cook County ordered the documents “unsealed.”

SMOLLETT’S STATEMENT: Lawyer Says Actor ‘Betrayed’ by Legal System Seeking to ‘Skip Due Process’

posted by Hannity Staff - 2.21.19

The legal team representing ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett released an official statement Thursday evening; saying the celebrity was “betrayed” by the legal system that orchestrated a “law enforcement spectacle.”

“Mr. Smollet is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing,” read the statement.

“Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system,” the statement added. “The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election,” it added.

Smollett was taken into custody Thursday morning and charged with filing a false police report regarding an alleged hate-crime hoax.

Read the full report here.

BREAKING NOW: Chicago Police Release ‘Hundreds of Documents’ on Jussie Smollett Case

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.30.19

The Chicago Police Department released ‘hundreds of pages of documents’ regarding ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal case Thursday; disclosing the material weeks after prosecutors abruptly dropped multiple felony charges.

“Feb 13: Police located and interviewed the Osundairo brothers, who confessed. They said Jussie Smollett planned and staged the attack. This was one day before Smollett went on Good Morning America,” posted a reporter with CBS Chicago.

The disclosure comes days after a judge in Cook County ordered the documents “unsealed.”

“Cook County judge Steven G. Watkins’ decision came months after a dizzying set of events: First, Smollett alleged he’d been the victim of a hate crime; after an extensive investigation, Chicago cops arrested Smollett and accused him of faking the supposed attack; and then, Cook County prosecutors suddenly dropped the charges against Smollett and his case was sealed,” reports Fox News.

“In January, Smollett made national headlines when he filed a police report alleging two masked men attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him as he was walking home from a fast food eatery. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, said the masked men beat him, made racist and homophobic comments and yelled, ‘This is MAGA country’ — a reference to President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan — before fleeing the scene,” adds the article.

Chicago officials and the city’s Police Department fumed after a lone prosecutor decided to drop the case.

The City of Chicago officially filed a lawsuit against ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett weeks ago; seeking to recoup the costs associated with his alleged hate crime hoax that occupied more than 24 police officers over a two-week period.

The 12-page civil lawsuit , filed in Cook County court, is the latest volley in a legal battle that shows no signs of abating since Smollett reported that masked men beat him up on Jan. 29 in Chicago, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck,” reports the Associated Press.

“The lawsuit doesn’t specify an amount of money the city is seeking but does indicate it wants over $390,000 plus ‘further relief as this Court deems just and equitable.’ It also asks that Smollett be ordered to foot any legal bills Chicago incurs in suing him,” adds the author.

Read the full report at Fox News.

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