The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected former ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s request to throw out charges against him that he staged a racist, homophobic attack against himself.
The court’s decision was revealed on Friday.
In addition to refusing to throw out the charges against Smollett, the court also rejected the actor’s effort to remove the special prosecutor in the case.
Smollett’s lawyers claimed in an emergency petition that Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin overstepped his authority and misinterpreted the law when he ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor.
The court did not explain its decision to reject the arguments by Smollett’s lawyers.
The-37-year-old former Empire star was initially charged by Cook County prosecutors of falsely reporting to police that an alleged phony attack in January 2019 was real.
Sixteen counts of disorderly conduct originally filed against him were dismissed and Toomin found Smollett’s first prosecution was invalid.
After another investigation by special prosecutor Dan Webb, six counts of the same charges were filed against Smollett, to which he pleaded not guilty last week.
The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on January 29, 2019, when Jussie Smollett, who is black and gay, told police that two masked men attacked him by putting a noose around his neck, pouring bleach on him and yelling “this is MAGA country” as he was walking home in the early hours of the day.
The Chicago police department found this to be all set up by Smollett.
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