Jussie Smollett’s legal encounter with Chicago’s judicial system continues into 2020. According to The Chicago Tribune, Smollett’s emails, private messages, and additional personal items on his tech devices were ordered to be turned into a Cook County judge for review. The mandate aims to investigate prosecutors’ timeline and handling of the case.
In January 2019, Smollett claimed he was the victim of a hate crime and physical assault. The 37-year-old recounted the instance to the city’s police department and an investigation at first labeled Smollett as the victim before things took a turn where the actor found himself as the suspect.
Throughout the investigation, prosecutors deemed Smollett hired two men to attack him and charged him with 16 counts of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. The city also filed a $130,000 lawsuit against Smollett to cover overtime fees accrued during the investigation.
Recently, rumors began to take form on Smollett’s return to Empire. The FOX series is nearing its final bow for its sixth season, which premieres in the spring. To respond to the speculation, the network’s president, Michael Thorn, said to TV Line that Smollett will not make an appearance and “a number of factors” led to this decision.