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A Cook County judge has ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible misconduct by Cook County's top prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett hate crime case.

Smollett lost his job on Fox TV's soap opera Empire after he was arrested for filing a false police report.

Smollett, 33, told police he was assaulted by 2 men who screamed: "This is MAGA country" on January 29.
 
READ ALSO: Jussie Smollett Described African Brothers as 'Black as Sin'
 
But police identified the 2 men as associates of Smollett's who confessed they conspired with the actor to stage a hate crime hoax to boost his celebrity profile.

Chicago Tribune reporter Megan Crepeau was in the courtroom on Friday when Judge Michael Toomin ruled that State's Attorney Kim Foxx did not have the authority to appoint her replacement when she recused herself from the Smollett case in February.

Crepeau reported that the special prosecutor may bring additional charges against Smollett, and quoted the judge as saying "the special prosecutor may commence the prosecution of any crime as may be suspected."

The judge's ruling stated that the special prosecutor was to be appointed so as to "restore the public's confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system."

The decision to reopen the case against Smollett was prompted by public outcry after Foxx dropped all charges against the actor in March.

A legal organization accused Foxx of acting inappropriately by speaking with Michelle Obama's former White House aide, Tina Tchen, prior to dropping all charges against Smollett.

Empire was subsequently cancelled after ratings plunged in the wake of the hate crime scandal.

Series creator Lee Daniels later complained that his public support of Smollett led to the cancellation of 2 of his series, Empire and Star. Daniels said he was "beyond embarrassed" for his vocal support for the openly homosexual actor whom he described as "my son."

  • KLo

    Goes to show, whites are nothing but the DEVIL. . Yet, their pillbilly trash are committing crimes left/right while the fat ugly *ucks in the WH/ DOJ look the other way, Stay mad, meth head trash

  • Love Luv

    This is a mistake. He’s going to sue them in return. They had their chance. Jussie is wrong but this will bite them in the behind and cost even more $ for their vendetta. Now it’s going to look like they are personally attacking Jussie. Watch. Meek mills pt 2

  • SpiceGirl

    Oh I thought we were one and done! I thought they concluded this was a wasted time and money on this case??

  • Renee26

    Sigh

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    So he pulled a them and called in a favor from a friend and they will not let this die. And I wanna know who released the text messages between kim and his sister ? none of this should have been discussed via email or text it should have been done in a back alley at night with sun glasses wigs and trench coats on cuz now this lady is being brought down for trying to assist a associate or friend who called in a favor to help a family member. Jussie should have kept his mouth closed but he couldn’t resist the attention he got a good deal and all he had to do was stfu but he just had to say see I told y’all I was innocent and they were trying to frame me knowing dam well he cut a deal and orchestrated this whole mess for attention.

  • Love Luv

    Lol. Behind the alley with wigs. Lmbo

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux
  • Gloria

    This again ?

  • Trey

    Hope they get her...she looks like a cartoon

  • Renee26

    Giggles

  • I Am Her: Memoirs Of LadiiJaye

    Jussie done fugged up..they not going to let this rest until he is behind bars.

  • Renee26

    She looks like A Who, from the Dr Seuss series

  • Marlika

    ?????? Damn I see 2019 is the year of repeatedly beating the dead horse ?

    The following stories and subjects have been on repeat all year long with no end results in sight?

    1. Jussie lying & Chicago being big big mad.

    2.Khloe playing victim or Tristin not wanting her ugly ass.? Her blaming Jordan.

    3.Trump threatening to deport everyone but the Russians and his wife peoples.

    This list goes on and on...

  • Trey

    rightfully so.....at this point he is OJ status

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    So what I don’t want to see anybody get away with a crime black or white

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    A Who from Whoville who's about to get in indicted...

  • softness1

    Last weekend in Chicago 28 people were shot with 6 pple dying and this is what they're still pursuing this bullshit!!!! They're investing crazy amounts of resources of manpower, time and money in this victimless case, meanwhile people getting killed left and right and you hear "crickets" The mayor gave another press conference on this...smh..

  • Dowoop

    ?

  • Dowoop

    Talk about priorities.

  • Gloria

    Most corrupt city in the nation for a reason ??????

  • Nita Pie

    How, didnt they close this case already ?

  • SpiceGirl

    Smdh...go figure!!!

  • Yardgirl

    So he pulled a them and called in a favor from a friend and they will not let this die
    ***********************
    This period!!

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong

    The irony of him putting a noose around his neck.. and these people out to really hang him. Hm. Gotta be careful what you put out into the Universe, man.

  • Rayne

    More Smologna ? is it her head or her moth made funny? Ion know which one it is but it’s on of em.

  • dru and neil

    This picture of Jussie....sneaky.

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong

    @sandra Post about Cardi B being indicted or nah?

  • therealashland

    I’m just not here for, the zealous prosecution of this man, treat him like his name trump,.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    telling aint it!!!

  • KcoolMuziq

    "Empire was subsequently cancelled after ratings plunged in the wake of the hate crime scandal."

    Empire IS NOT cancelled it was renewed for another season. Either way it would have been ending after the six season. Black shows these days rarely go past that and the ratings was already plummeting down before this whole fiasco.

    As for Lee Daniels "Star"(which could have went further) being cancelled I can't say the same.

    Our black successful achievers are all going down one by one.Steve Harvey & now Lee Daniels.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Come, Come sit next to me so I can pinch you ?

  • Christopher Gibson

    True, true, and true again.
    Here in Baltimore, murders and shootings are through the roof and our Mayor suggested beefs be settled in a boxing ring.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ham mercy!!...they want Jessie Baaad...welp,he bought alla this on himself. Line asz

  • Meme

    The Abuja brothers said they just want this story to die down already so that they can get back to preening posturing posing and general flexing for the IG

  • dru and neil

    Very...

  • OvertheMississippi

    On whom do you place blame for these arrogant @ss people’s fall from grace? Serious question.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    They dropped the ball with this case. Accept the loss and move forward.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Agree!! Don’t wanna take that L!

  • Nik

    I think it's because The Chi is embarrassed that this dude got away with it. The ego is a helluva drug.

  • Nik

    Exactly!

  • OvertheMississippi

    Can always reopen any case unless he was exonerated, and he def wasn’t exonerated or “cleated”.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Pretty murch!! ????

  • Overpower Radio

    Star was a better show than Empire. If Fox is cancelling it, he should take it elsewhere. It's not all that it can be, but I've admired its growth since the first show. They should have been trying to pitch songs from the soundtrack to radio, because some of it was as good as and better than a lot of the stuff in regular rotation ........ which is something I wouldn't say about Empire songs.

  • The Art

    He was never brought to trial and found not guilty.

  • Nita Pie

    OK cause I'm like this double jeopardy at this point

  • Applebootay

    restore the public's --WhITE PEOPLE'S confidence in the integrity ability of our criminal justice system to mass incarcerate all Black people rich or not.

    I fixed it

  • KcoolMuziq

    “he should take it elsewhere”

    Lee Daniels tried to but the deals fell through.

  • The Art

    It's painfully obvious that it's personal now, in addition to being a gross waste of good resources. But, a simple admission of guilt, an apology, and a short stint in "rehab" would've made this story go away by now.

  • T Willis

    Chile I’ve been saying this since January... it is damn near July and this shit is still ongoing... ?... how sway?

  • Applebootay

    Puhlease....a black man got away with a crime and he's gay, and he's rich....the white man will not let him make a mockery out of them....

  • T Willis

    Exactly. Black folks don’t even go after their own criminals with this must zest. Smh ?????

  • Ghetto Real Name

    This lady Kim Foxx look dead ass like a Pound Puppy in the face and it disturbs me.

  • Applebootay

    Bof.

  • T Willis

    Really? Star looked like trash from the pilot. The previews week to week used to make me cringe because the acting was so dayum bad lol. Plus the yt girl as one of the main characters never sat well with me.

  • Applebootay

    Its the White Racist people in The Chi that is embarrassed...

  • The Art

    Because he's a stubborn liar who'll probably never admit to it until he and everyone around him looses everything.

  • T Willis

    The Chi got a lot more sh*t to be embarrassed about than Jussie. The case was closed/dismissed or whatever, it was declared over months ago but some folks refused to let it die

  • Applebootay

    I do. IDC. They already mass incarcerated us over BS......I'm willing to take one for the team on this....Fvk DAT.

  • T Willis

    Rightfully so? Lmao you’re joking right? The Chi has record breaking murders involving our ppl, and you “rightfully so” think Jussies situation should be ongoing? Priorities people, priorities!

  • Nik

    I don't know all who is involved but they are putting too much on this case. This just goes to show people have to be careful who they defend or call in a favor for because that thing might turn into a bad rash; it ain't going noooowhere!

  • Overpower Radio

    In the beginning of the show, the white girl's voice was truly the most dominant - like a young little Teena Marie. Over time the Black chick's voice and role moved more towards the forefront as Star (the white girl) gets caught up in scandals, having a baby, jail. It even seems as if in comparison to the first season, she's now holding ... because she's not commanding the tracks and the stage as hard as she was going in the first season - which I think sucks ...let her do her thing. It was o/k ... not must see television, but something that was worth the watch in its own right.

    Even Brandy made a comeback on the show.

  • T Willis

    Lol so his lie is worth thousands of dollars to investigate and pursue? This investigation was supposedly done and over with months ago. Chicago has the highest crime rate involving our people and resources are being wasted on this bs. I don’t even give f*ck if he was lying at this point. We have more priorities that could use to money, the resources, and the manpower.

  • Kanyade
  • Ghetto Real Name

    Looks kinda like the brown girl one in purple towards the end.

  • IAmLegend

    Although Empire was given a final season, the network did cancel the show for the 2020 season. Two things can be true at the same time.

  • country57

    Too damn funny, but it's true.

  • IAmLegend

    The only reason I watched Star was because of Queen Latifah and Brandy. They was on that show shooting and cussing each other out all kinds a ways.

  • KcoolMuziq

    NO THEY DIDN’T cancel
    It. When a show is canceled that means no further episodes will be filmed or showed on that network & it’s COMPLETELY over.

  • Bree

    I don't understand why Jussie will allow this to linger. He could have admitted the truth. I'm sure the LGBTQ community is forgiving and so is the public. He deserves punishment if he lied about this. Resources were wasted and millions of people were very concerned for him. And to let this linger when he can end it, says more about his character than anything! His livelihood is at stake and he may never be able to work again unless someone takes a chance on him.

  • Vonn

    While this woman has quite a peculiar face, I love that hairstyle. I used to wear my hair like that.

  • The Art

    So true! This investigation is a total and absolute waste. The citizens of Chicago should be outraged.

  • bemetoo

    Bih stop it .. not peculiar ???? that bih look like a yeti

  • Sinny

    Yooooooo??? I almost screamed and I’m at work in an open office. ???. You are so spot on. I couldn’t put my hand on it. ?

  • Sinny

    Nah we ain’t forgiving him. Fuck him!

  • Sinny

    ? ??. Log off of your phone/computer, ASAP?????????

  • bemetoo

    I crying laughing when I type that

  • Vonn

    Yessss, I was trying to be kind. It's a Yeti/ Predator mash-up .

  • Vonn

    What's that wooly creature from the original Star Wars? She definitely looks like that thing. Chewbacca

  • the guest

    So they’re just going to override a black woman’s power and authority in her position. Yet police can shoot unarmed people dead and never have their position questioned.

  • bemetoo

    Yes Chewbacca sister

  • Vonn

    Ghetto Real Name?? ?? I can't mess with you ma'am.

  • Vonn

    Now I'm in the mood for a Yeti movie. Let me see what's on the Syfy channel. ?

  • NewNew

    Y'all ain't right. You know she's the Grinch who stole Christmas. https://media1.giphy.com/media/bMrvVCPNknxyo/giphy.gif

  • Bree

    Well, there you go!

  • Vonn

    Dammit!! We are all right. She is a pu pu platter of all of these beasts. What a combo.

  • bemetoo

    That too

  • bemetoo
  • Overpower Radio

    Brandy shocked me with this roll. I never imagine her playing a gangsta.

  • Logan Roberts

    Please let this story vanish completely in 2020 ?

  • MsSapphire9800

    I am so over Jussie...I do not know why he won't paid the fine and move on...

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/7JsyCVoIj1w9NQ4PFq/giphy.gif

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wow white folks are giving Jussie the OJ treatment.

  • samuel severino

    THAT is what you took from this story?

  • samuel severino

    Amen

  • JazzyBossyJen

    ????

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    He bought it on himself!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Chiiiild... These mufuggas!!!

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • Skin Deep Beauty

    THE LGBT can't fawk with the DEA AND THE FBI AND THE LAW! keep thinking they THAT POWERFUL... The sissies don't want that real smoke. They know when to Skip and twirl they asses over the rainbow!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Gurl that's Droopy cousin on his black side of the family!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    A SELFISH SELF CENTERED WUSSIE AZZ LIAR!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    He shouldve paid that fine... But NUUUURP he got arrogant and had the nerve to hold a mini press conference!!

  • Bree

    The latter part of your comment has me weak!!

  • Prince Zuko

    Lee Daniels was the one who told jussie Smollett to fake this hate crime in order to get us the watch the Jamal show (empire) but we got tired of seeing this guy licking and kissing on every guy on that set. And to make matters worst they told Lee Daniels to cancel empire not star he just wanted to try to save the Jamal show so he himself decided to cancel star even though it's became a way better show than the Jamal show. Now he's tight because Jamal ain't having sex with him no more he doesn't have to I'm pretty sure he will be able to do all those gay things in jail ?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Can you just picture that! Ole fruity booties just snap crackle and Poppin in their tutus,wigs and timbalands and bald heads.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Right fawk him with Tinkerbells wand and smush him in the face with that subway sammich!

  • Rhondalousey

    Yeah, if he was white. Im sorry but, this crime is not that serious .

  • Bree

    Jussie probably did it. OJ didn't.

  • Bree

    I can't. I've seen those demons at work. They are not eco friendly at all.

  • Li-Wright

    You know this how?

  • Li-Wright

    So true. Just pay the fine, get it over, case closed. On another topic, how is it the Brothers are not charged with drug dealing since they admitted selling Jussie drugs and being his drug dealer?

  • Li-Wright

    Some folks are wondering why this got special attention when others didn't? They just charged an alderman with hoaxing and last year a white couple was charged with hoaxing and had to pay for police time.

  • Li-Wright

    @theart - so true. He already admitted to drug use. The brothers admitted to supplying drugs. Just show remorse, pay the fine and move on. He doesn't have good managers.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That's not my point.

    My point is that white folks aren't going to let it go until they convict Jussie of something just like the civil jury found OJ liable in the deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman.

  • Bree

    My apologies, my comment was a joke. Sorry, you did not find it funny. My fault.

  • T Willis

    I wouldn’t have paid sh*t. Sue me. But the bigger issue is that this was finalized months ago but the Chicago PD just won’t let this sh?t rest. If anyone is being arrogant it is the Chicago PD. Jussie has moved on and has zero f*cks... and I don’t blame him.

  • IAmLegend

    So what do you call it when a network announces the next season will be the final season and "no further episodes will be filmed or showed on that network & its COMPLETELY over" after the May 2020 finale?

    Let me guess... CANCELED!

  • KcoolMuziq

    U obviously don’t know ANYTHING about the industry. So to not embarrass U further I’m ending this unnecessary conversation.

  • KcoolMuziq

    That’s an insult comparing her her to the late great Teena Marie’s voice. She came NO WHERE near Teena’s voice .

  • Overpower Radio

    Teena Marie's energy was ahead of our time. No white person was to Black music culture/Soul Music what she was when she came out, and no white person to date has touched the depths of creativity and vocal expression that she has, since - None of them - male nor female. How long did it take for any R&B singer (Black/White/Male/Female) to even rap on a record in a verse that they wrote themselves? Most of us credit Chaka Khan and Melle Mel for merging Hip Hop and R&B in Feel For You. It might be the first feature with a rap artist, but Teena featured her own rap verse in 'Square Biz' which came out a few years before Chaka's Feel For You. Not only was she ahead of her time, the time were in right now still hasn't caught up to her. WITH THE LOVE I HAVE FOR TEENA MARIE, comparing Star to Teena was not an insult. It was just a compliment. I'm not packing away my cherished Teena Marie music for anything she's done.

    I said a "little" Teena Marie, because she feels like an authentic soul, and she's white. She hasn't shown Teena's range or vibrato, but she's like a new aged version of funk over the trap/R&B tracks they give her, when they're not giving her pop or just plain wack music, AND she sings and raps with heart in a way that caters to a Black audience - like Teena Marie.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Ok I’ll accept that. Since U do know Lady Tee’s history. She is btw my favorite female singer.

  • Dun Dilly

    Sadly. Foxx risked it all, her entire career,....for this dude.

  • Ghost

    They are coming after her! Smh BUT in the meantime they’re going to embarrass and belittle her power....sad! One phone call asking for a favor...and in the end..nobody’s ass is out but hers and Jussie’s ...

  • Jamal Warner

    Yet, no special prosecutor for the laquan macondald murder.