By Sandra Rose  | 


Jussie Smollett's legal troubles just got worse after a Chicago judge ordered his criminal files unsealed.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges against the actor on March 26, after he was arrested for filing a false police report.

Smollett, 36, told police he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters in a racist, anti-homosexual hate crime outside his Chicago condo on Jan. 29.

After conferring with Michelle Obama's former White House aide, Tina Chen, Kim Foxx asked a judge to seal Smollett's criminal records from prying eyes. The files were immediately deleted from the Cook County computer network, and his lawyer declared the actor's criminal record was "wiped clean".

But Cook County Judge Steven Watkins ordered the case files unsealed on Thursday, saying the public's right to the material outweighed Smollet's privacy claim.

Foxx previously recused herself from the case, a day before Smollett was arrested in February for lying to the police in February. She later admitted she was still actively involved in Smollett's case.

At an emergency hearing on March 26, Smollett agreed to forfeit $10,000 - 10 percent of his $100,000 million bond, according to the Chicago Tribune.


Smollett walked out of the courtroom that day a free man. He told the stunned press that he was innocent of all charges and wrongly accused of staging a hoax.

"I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused of," he told reporters outside the courthouse that day.

The police union and then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel were furious. Chicago officials said they believe Smollett staged the Jan. 29 attack and lied about it to boost his celebrity status and to increase his salary on Empire.

Smollett's scenes were cut from all but the final 2 episodes. Fox TV announced Empire will be canceled after the 6th season.

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  • Trace da Ace

    well alright....LET'S SEE THEM RECORDS!! I kinda feel like by these records becoming public....Ol' Jussie and Lil Kim about to really dig themselves further in this hole........lemme get my popcorn and fill my Yeti cup up with some Boones

  • xxxgracious

    Messy Jessy on the loose AGAIN....where's my popcorn.

  • Lisa Left Eye

    Easily the biggest backfire of 2019

  • Phillybruh

    They back on this again, I mean they going show us that he did it, we already knew that. The problem was they overcharged.

  • Rayne

    More Smologna ?

  • Trace da Ace

    hands down....#truth

  • Bree

    I don't understand why this situation hasn't gone away. Nobody cares about Jussie's records. If he lied, he will pay for that!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • KLove

    why we still talm bout this??

  • 2gr8ful

    When they list the most famous cases of 2019 this has to be in the top 3. I don’t think they will
    let this one go. He has been in the news since January lol. More screen/blog/media time than he ever got in the history of Empire.

  • Yardgirl

    This right here is exactly what I did when I saw the post!!! Stop beating this dead horse!!

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  • Bree

    Same thing I said.

  • OUBoyWonder

    Yup, like my grandma used to say "You got too grown and now the bear is huggin' yo' ass!" Tried to be like those white folks and do a "favor" but they underestimated the backlash. I just keep picturing Foxx sitting in her house, strewn in a long silk robe, wine glass half full, looking all melancholy just mumbling to herself "I wished I would have NEVER heard that mutha'fers name!" They should have told him "We'll help you out but you're GOING to have to do a little bit of time...maybe like 3-4 months to make it look good, ya feel me?" But noooo, they thought they could just drop everything and walk away...can't always do what those white folks do y'all.

  • gellie

    White people don't let nothing go. If they feel like a ninja got the step on them, there is no end of the earth they won't chase you to get their pound of flesh. Too bad they're not as dogged about the millions and millions of dollars their corrupt police cost the taxpayers settling abuse, misconduct, and wrongful death lawsuits every year.

  • davine puddin

    So why would they think the brothers were telling the truth

  • WhoKnew

    More bologna?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Cuz it’s messy....folks love mess

  • Rayscoty

    Is there a Judge who can seal him from my timeline

  • WhoKnew

    Right. Let's all hum that age-old circus theme song da da dada dada da da da da...

  • Rayne

    That too ?

  • EasyBreezy


  • Yardgirl

    I started to write this and deleted it!! I truly believe that they are mad AF that he got the better of them in this case and they will not stop until they get their revenge. Better luck next time saltines.

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  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Can a judge unseal the internal affairs investigations against the corrupt Chicago police.

  • Alextra Ballard

    And the saga continues

  • I-said-it-AND

    My man Jussie im rooting for you because yt won't let it go. Keep ya head up!

  • GAPeach

    Why, pray tell, is this story still being dragged on? Do they really want that $135K that bad? There are SOOOO many crimes that they could be trying to solve in that city, including the ones being committed by the people that are tasked with solving them. I'm sick of Jussie, and sick of them too.

  • gellie

    16 charges for filing a single false police report. They really tried to make a separate charge for every lie he told within the false report. That's like charging someone with assault, and then adding a separate charge for each punch, slap or push.

  • Alextra Ballard

    What is it that the CPD wants from Jessie? If they’re awaiting Smollet tew admit he’s guilty or stop proclaiming he’s innocence,that ain neva gon happen.

  • LaGrl562

    Really they still fucking with OJ Jussie will learn on this day.....................prank me ass

  • The Art

    They're not gonna rest until they destroy him. Which is a shame because celebs pull publicity stunts all of the time with no consequences. I'm disappointed that Jussie's wasn't cleaver or well thought out.

  • Topic Influencer

    I guess he better get ready to feel their wrath then bc they arent letting up. They want an apology and you are right. doesnt seem like he headed in that direction

  • Ghost

    He pulled this crap in the wrong city! Yes Chicago could use that $135k because our city is in deep dodo financially! Furthermore I think this a promise that the new mayor made to the old mayor..that Jussie would be held accountable. She said this after she was elected. AND this is a back door way of making Kim FOXX look bad since she tried to protect him! They want her gone. Lastly we’ve got a new sheriff (mayor) in town and everybody is interviewing ( trying to look good) to keep their jobs!

    Jussie should have just paid the 135k because now it’s much bigger then him...smh

  • Topic Influencer

    friend of babe was discussing this one night over dinner when this came up. said its more of the chicago police department is trying very hard and spending a lot of time and money to try to clear up their reputation. As they should. have done awful things to the community through their actions but basically said we gonna do better. they feel like THEY apologized and dont appreciate this "outsider" coming in making all this trouble in the midst of their clean up act. Its not about the money. CPD out here on principalities almost solely.

  • hottlanta

    What happened to the sandwich. That is all l wanna know.????

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong

    It's about to go down!

  • deadellamore

    I wish Chicago would let it go already!

  • Phillybruh

    And just like the prosecutor said when she dismissed, they ran the risk of not getting a single conviction because of the over charging.

  • bb1812

    I wanna know what happened. Bring it on.

  • GAPeach

    They're gonna have to do a lot better than this. He definitely messed up, but they are full on killing people in the streets. and they had a ton of arrests a few years back because they were framing people. I think they would be a lot better off just letting this go, and moving on.

  • Bree

    The difference between OJ and Jussie is that, Jussie did it, OJ didn't.

  • LeeSeeCee

    I want to see all of it. There is entirely too much back and forth between Jussie, the PD, the DA's office and the 2 brothers. None of this makes any lick of sense.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    Laquan Mcdonald

  • Ghost

    We still haven’t recovered from this horror! I think this name is why Mayor Rahm got the heck out!

  • Ghost

    This was more than a publicity was flat out reckless and involved too many powerful people and groups! He definitely got ahead of himself on this one...

  • Lisa Left Eye

    ?? yea im honestly surprised kim got herself caught up in this foolishness

  • Bree

    Please Jesus!

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  • The Last Word

    Yeah, it does. Smollett staged the attack, enlisting two goobers. Obama asked Chen to see if Fox would do her a solid by dismissing the charges because Smollet was a celebrity and Obama liked him. Fox stupidly agreed, apparently hoping that Obama would recognize her as part of the club.

    After Fox dismissed the charges, Smollett lied about it instead of keeping his mouth shut because actors. Emanuel and Chi PD, having finally identified a black man they didnt frame, became incensed.

    And here we are. Chen will make sure to shield Obama. Fox is screwed as Obama will distance herself.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    See, It's comments like this that keep me coming back several x's a day. ???

  • cpatterson_22

    The same day the news broke about Jussie, a report came out about corruption in the Chicago PD. The media chose to hype up the Jussie story instead.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    That second pic ALWAYS gives me life. Jessie (no U) and that "You mudda funkers" look never gets old. ?

  • The Art

    It's not that deep. No one was killed or falsely imprisoned for it. We all knew it was a lie pretty much from the start. At this point, it's a waste of public funds and resources to keep pursuing it.

  • Nix

    Actually it sends the wrong message of gay privilege. Expect more of this from the gay and trans community

  • Logan Roberts

    So no other crimes in Chicago, has been solved since Jussie's production ?

  • The Art

    LMAO! This is only proving the inept and misplaced focus of the Chicago PD. That's the only message being sent here.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused of," he told reporters outside the courthouse that day........................................................................... that part right there is what got his butt still in mess he didn’t know how to shut up! He was free and clear but he just had to make that last comment so the two said let’s go ahead and put him and his deal on blast. Now everybody who helped him gotta defend their jobs some friend he is.

  • Coy little wink

    10k is not 10 percent of 100 mil

    Was bond 100k or 100 mil

  • StoneColdLady

    Nah TO MANY people jumped on this bandwagon for it to just go away A LOT of political figures came to his defense and caused Chicago PD to put a lot of man hours into solving this. I mean you had senators using this incident as fuel for the anti-lynching legislation. I don’t think he thought it would spread like it did, but this is why is just wont go away...AND he does not know how to SHUT UP ?

  • Rhyme and Reason

    It’s amazing how one person can cause so much destruction!

    Why Kim Foxx put her career on the line for his exoneration is a mystery, I would like to see solved!

  • hottlanta

    I dont blâme Chicago l will get his azz too. I bet they were saying this mofo pick the coldest night of the year to start some mess n he wanna roll his azz up in here all fly with shades on an a cashmere coat like Clarence williams lll from mod squad like he didnt do anything. Not today jessie.

  • hottlanta

    You know if that sandwich was a dog left out in the bitter cold jessie would have been locked up. Peta would have been all up in that azz

  • Toni Toni Toni

    SOO ON POINT> Exactly what I did!!

  • gellie

    135k is pennies compared to the millions they cost the taxpayers because of cases like Laquan McDonald.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Him again.....

  • Ghost

    Jussie is a pawn! The big fish they want is Kim FOXX! ?

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  • Evillene

    She won't find a bad picture of him. He is of questionable virtue but undeniably cute.

  • Ghost

    Yes indeed! He used Chicago! He used Trumps hatred for Chicago/Obama! He used Foxx’s Thirsty behind! He used the LGBT ???? community! He used the Africans! He used top notch politicians! He used his fame! All because he wanted to be bigger then what he was and to make more money! Don’t sit at the poker table unless you’re REALLY ready to play!

    He’s going down!

  • TJF1306

    You realize the chief of police is BLACK and Mayor Emmanual is a POC too

  • TJF1306

    also the new Mayor is Black lesbian. She and Kim Foxx are sworn enemies..

  • gellie

    Okay, and?? That stooge of a police chief has no power. The FOP and the judges are the ones steamrolling this spectacle.

  • Katherine

    Exactly!!! The police were STUPID enough to believe the brothers who admitted they attacked Smollett. The part up for debate is whether Smollett planned the attack or not. It was "he say vs. brothers say." It was gonna be left up to a jury to decide which side was the most credible until the brothers' story started to crumble. First they said the check was for a staged attack, then they admitted Smollett was telling the truth about the check being for training, then they said well the check was for both. They changed their story twice, which contributed to the charges being dropped. Who knows if they would have come across as credible in court had this gone to trial? We haven't heard a peep out of these brothers. They are the ones who admitted to play attacking Smollett, whether he was part of the prank or not. The brothers are the ones who should have to pay up or the whole thing should just be dropped. The courts and police have much bigger fish to fry.

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  • doriday

    There is article in the Chicago Tribune about it that may provide more information. The damage has been done.

  • doriday

    I'm tired of hearing about it too. It's such a popular story.