The particular prosecutor tasked with probing the state’s attorney’s dealing with of the Jussie Smollett investigation in Chicago has dominated the office abused its discretion in the case in opposition to the actor, however did nothing prison.
In an announcement on the conclusions of his investigation, particular prosecutor Dan Webb sharply criticized the dealing with of the Smollett case by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her assistant prosecutors, saying their dealing with was marked by disarray and deceptive statements.
In March final 12 months, Foxx’s office shocked and angered many in Chicago by dropping expenses that accused the previous “Empire” actor of staging an alleged racist and homophobic assault in opposition to himself. Smollett remains to be adamant that the assault was actual and wasn’t a publicity hoax.
Webb’s findings introduced Monday got here after expenses had been restored in opposition to Smollett by the identical particular prosecutor in February. Webb mentioned on the time that dropping the costs in opposition to Smollett was unjustified, together with as a result of the proof in opposition to Smollett appear and since he was not required to confess that the assault was a hoax.
Charging paperwork refiled by Webb in February accuses the Black, overtly homosexual actor of creating a false police report in claiming two males attacked him early on Jan. 29, 2019, in downtown Chicago, shouting slurs and looping a rope round his neck.
One of the focuses of Webb’s inquiry was about whether or not Foxx acted improperly by chatting with a Smollett relative and a onetime aide of former first girl Michelle Obama earlier than the costs had been dropped, or by weighing in on the case after recusing herself.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.