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CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago has ordered the file in the Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed.

Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said Thursday that while there are good arguments in favor of keeping the file sealed, the “Empire” actor forfeited his rights to keep the case sealed to protect his privacy by talking to the media before and after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him.

Smollett had been charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when reporting he’d been the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January. Police insist the actor, who is black and gay, staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted publicity.

Prosecutors dropped all charges with little explanation.

The criminal case was dismissed March 26. Smollett wanted the case sealed, saying that he had “the right to be left alone.”

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9 thoughts on “Judge Orders File In Jussie Smollett Criminal Case Unsealed

  1. jhuf on said:

    Release it why? we already know the fix was in (I bet Mueller could find some collusion in this mofo) …ant-way heres now the hole thing went down

  2. African American Woman on said:

    If there’s supposedly nothing to hide then there should be no objection to releasing the file.

  3. Ted Gravely on said:

    Release the unredacted Mueller report, how about show freaky old arse Robert Kraft video? While we are at it release the orange traitor tax forms. More importantly, these are the same racists that held onto the Laquan McDonald video. If you don’t think these crooks are racists – you’re blind, racist. a coonskin loving sucker or all three.

  4. Butter Pecan on said:

    Oh snap. Hope they caught those white Trump supporters out at 2a.m. In 5 below in Chicago #WalkAway Peeps. I did

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