According to news making the rounds, a Chicago Judge has ordered that Jussie Smollett’s case file be unsealed, making the records available to the public. Judge Steven Watkins issued his order after previously hearing oral arguments on whether the files should remain hidden from the public.
According to the Judge, he said;
State’s Attorney Foxx is pleased to be able to provide the public with even greater transparency in this matter than was previously possible because of the sealing order.
A review of the documents is currently underway and the State’s Attorney’s Office will release the documents related to this case through a FOIA production by June 3, 2019.
The charges against Smollett included an accusation that the Empire actor staged a racist and homophobic attack on himself and arranged for two brothers to carry it out. He denied the charges and after several investigations, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against Smollett on March 26.
Once the charges were dropped, the court approved Smollet’s lawyer’s request to seal the case, but at the request of The New York Times and other news organizations that argued for the need for transparency, the case file is about to see the light of day. The ruling by Judge Steven G. Watkins of the Circuit Court of Cook County may lead to some answers as to why the office dropped the charges.
Fox has renewed Empire for its sixth and final season with an option to extend Smollett’s contract to continue playing Jamal Lyon throughout the remainder of the series. However, the movie house recently stated that there were “no plans” for his character to return.
We will keep our eyes peeled for more update so do check back with us when the case file is unsealed. I am sure we all want to find out the details on how and why the case was finally dropped.
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