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Tribune coverage: 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, told Chicago police that he was walking from a Subway sandwich shop to his apartment in the 300 block of East North Water Street around 2 a.m. Jan. 29 when two men walked up, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, hit him and placed a noose around his neck. Smollett said they also yelled, "This is MAGA country!" referring to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan.

Authorities now believe Smollett paid two brothers he knew $3,500 to fake the attack and charged him with disorderly conduct, alleging he filed a false police report.

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In a stunning reversal a few weeks after charges were filed, Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.

'They put a noose around his neck,' Jussie Smollett's manager says in newly released 911 audio reporting alleged attack

Audio from two 911 calls reporting an alleged attack against Jussie Smollett were released Wednesday evening by Chicago officials.

Kim Foxx’s office releases records shedding light on behind-the-scenes negotiations in Jussie Smollett case

Prosecutors released more than 2,000 pages of emails and text messages on their handling of the Jussie Smollett case after 5 p.m. Friday.

Attorneys spar over definition of ‘recuse’ while debating need for special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case

Attorneys sparred for nearly an hour Friday over whether to appoint a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett controversy.

With seal lifted, police release hundreds of pages of reports in Jussie Smollett case

Chicago police released hundreds of pages of reports Thursday on their investigation of the allegedly staged attack on "Empire" actor.

Judge orders sealed court records in aborted Jussie Smollett prosecution to be made public

A judge ordered the case file in the aborted prosecution of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett unsealed Thursday in a victory for the news media.

Bid to appoint judge from outside Cook County to decide on special prosecutor for Jussie Smollett case shot down

A judge declined to appoint a judge from outside Cook County to decide a special prosecutor should look into the handling of Jussie Smollett's case.

Upcoming season of 'Empire' will be the Fox show's last, Jussie Smollett's future unclear

"Empire's" recently announced sixth season will be the show's last, Fox announced.

Ex-judge who wants special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case has questions about appointment of judge

A lawyer seeking a special prosecutor to investigate the handling of Jussie Smollett's case wants to know why Judge Michael Toomin will hear her request.

Jussie Smollett's attorneys ridicule as 'comical' a lawsuit by brothers allegedly paid to stage attack

Two brothers who allege Jussie Smollett paid them to stage an attack on the “Empire” actor filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Smollett’s attorneys, saying the high-profile legal team has continued to smear them after Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett.

Thousands of texts, emails about Jussie Smollett probe made public by State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office

Late Tuesday, Foxx’s office made public hundreds of internal texts and emails on the Smollett case to the Chicago Tribune in response to public-records requests.

Cook County inspector general to review prosecutors' handling of Jussie Smollett case

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has asked Cook County’s inspector general to investigate her office’s handling of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal case, she confirmed.

Mystery remains over why Kim Foxx's office dismissed hoax charges against Jussie Smollett

With the fallout from the Smollett case continuing to rage, the Chicago Tribune attempted to piece together what led to such an abrupt dismissal of a case that had garnered international interest.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's 'totally against' Kim Foxx resigning over Jussie Smollett case

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx should stay in office despite the avalanche of criticism that’s been leveled at her over the handling of ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday.

'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett's lawyer refuses Chicago's demand of $130K, says actor 'will not be intimidated'

A defiant letter by Jussie Smollett's lawyers warned the city against suing him for police overtime costs in investigating his allegedly staged attack, saying the "Empire" actor “will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum.”

Read letter from Jussie Smollett's legal team to city's Law Department

Jussie Smollett's legal team has refused to pay the city of Chicago $130,000 in investigative costs, and attacked the city's now dropped case against the actor.

Second call for special prosecutor to investigate Kim Foxx's handling of Jussie Smollett investigation

In the the second such petition in two days, a former Illinois Appellate Court judge formally requested Friday that a special prosecutor investigate Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

Chicago says it's prepared to sue after 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett misses deadline to repay $130K

"Empire” actor Jussie Smollett missed a Thursday deadline to repay Chicago $130,000 for an alleged hate crime hoax and outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is planning to sue him in court, according to a statement.

Attorney calls for special prosecutor to investigate if Kim Foxx interfered in Jussie Smollett investigation

An attorney is asking that a special prosecutor be appointed to look into whether Jussie Smollett should be recharged with staging a hate crime as well as whether State’s Attorney Kim Foxx or her subordinates interfered with the investigation.

Suburban police chiefs, FOP give Kim Foxx no-confidence vote in latest fallout over Jussie Smollett case

A group of suburban police chiefs has given Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx a vote of no confidence in the latest fallout over her office’s abrupt dismissal of all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

Media attorneys seek to unseal Jussie Smollett's court file days after prosecutors dropped all charges

Attorneys for the Chicago Tribune and other news organizations went to court Tuesday seeking to unseal Jussie Smollett’s court file, citing the intense secrecy surrounding the case since last week’s stunning dismissal of all charges against the “Empire” actor.

Dueling protests Monday in response to Kim Foxx and Jussie Smollett

There were dueling protests Monday morning in downtown Chicago in response to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx's office’s controversial decision to drop all charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

Rev. Al Sharpton defends Kim Foxx on Jussie Smollett case by hammering Mayor Emanuel on Laquan McDonald shooting

The Rev. Al Sharpton portrayed Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a hypocrite Saturday for criticizing Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case when the mayor long was silent on the police murder of Laquan McDonald.

Kim Foxx welcomes independent investigation of office's handling of Jussie Smollett case

After nearly a week of intense criticism of her office's handling of the Jussie Smollett case, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx fired back in an op-ed to the Chicago Tribune that claimed the evidence against the "Empire" star was weaker than first advertised.

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Kim Foxx: I welcome an outside review of how we handled the Jussie Smollett case

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx writes about her office's handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

Shocking dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett shines harsh light on Cook County justice system

Prosecutors' jaw-dropping move to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett blindsided just about everyone, touching off a weeklong firestorm that has heaped worldwide attention — and a good deal of scorn — on Cook County's criminal justice system.

2 prosecutors' groups rip handling of Jussie Smollett's case by state's attorney's office

National and state prosecution associations ripped the Cook County state's attorney's office for its handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

Cook County commissioner wants Kim Foxx to explain herself to board over Jussie Smollett case

Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison is calling on State's Attorney Kim Foxx to come before the county board to explain her office's handling of the Jussie Smollett case

Chicago seeks to recoup $130,000 from Jussie Smollett as war of words heats up

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city will try to recoup costs of investigation from Jussie Smollett.

Jussie Smollett won't seek to expunge court records with his criminal charges thrown out, his lawyers say

Attorneys for Jussie Smollett said they don't intend to seek to destroy court records by seeking to expunge his criminal case.

Trump tweets that FBI and Justice Department will look into Jussie Smollett case in Chicago

President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that the FBI and Department of Justice would review the handling of the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago.

Kim Foxx defends Jussie Smollett decision as office says she 'did not formally recuse herself’

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, facing intense criticism after her office dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, stood by the decision but said she regretted engaging with one of Smollett’s relatives in the early phases of the investigation.

FBI investigation into threatening letter sent to 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett remains a loose end

A federal investigation into a threatening letter Jussie Smollett reported receiving at the Fox production studios remains a loose end hanging over the case.

Chicago police files on Jussie Smollett investigation show behind-the-scenes maneuvers

The release of the documents came a day after Cook County prosecutors abruptly dropped a 16-count indictment accusing Smollett of orchestrating a Jan. 29 racist and homophobic attack on himself to advance his career.

Read the Chicago police investigative file on the Jussie Smollett case

Read the Chicago Police Department's partially redacted investigative file on the Jussie Smollett case, released to the Tribune and other media outlets.

In latest plot twist, Cook County prosecutors abruptly drop all charges against Jussie Smollett

In a stunning reversal, Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging an attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.

Relationship between police and prosecutors tested by dropping of Jussie Smollett charges

The Jussie Smollett case threatens to deepen the distrust and suspicion between the Chicago Police Department and the state's attorney's office.

How Lori Lightfoot, Toni Preckwinkle reacted to Jussie Smollett's case dismissal in debate

Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called for more answers as to why Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office dropped all criminal charges against Smollett in a polarizing case that has drawn national attention.

Read Mayor Emanuel, Chicago top cop's comments about Jussie Smollett charges being dropped

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blasted the decision of the Cook County state's attorney to drop all charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a hate crime against him in Streeterville.

The quick recap: What happened today when charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped

Five things to know about the charges being dropped against Jussie Smollett

An Ill. legislator wants to withhold state film tax credit from productions that employ Jussie Smollett. How would that even work?

As it stands, the Illinois Film Services Tax Credit does not have any provisions that gives the state any say in a project or its personnel.

State legislator says productions employing Jussie Smollett should not get state tax credits

An Illinois state representative said he's prepared to introduce legislation to prevent any production employing Jussie Smollett from getting state tax credits.

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to faking racist, homophobic attack on himself

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a phony attack.

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked Chicago’s top cop to turn Jussie Smollett probe over to FBI, texts and emails show

At the urging of a politically connected lawyer, State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx asked Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn over his investigation of Jussie Smollett's reported attack to the FBI, according to communications provided to the Tribune.

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The Jussie Smollett incident: Minute-by-minute of that cold January night

Jussie Smollett is facing disorderly conduct charges, alleging he filed a false police report and set-up a an attack on himself the night of Jan. 29 near his Streeterville apartment. Investigators used surveillance camera footage, cell phone and bank records and witness reports -- including the cooperation of the two men who Smollett alleged attacked him -- to reach the conclusion the attack the actor and entertainer was staged.

Judge to allow cameras at next court hearing on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett's criminal charges

The presiding judge of Cook County’s criminal division decided Tuesday to allow cameras in the courtroom at “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s next appearance Thursday on criminal charges he faces.

Jussie Smollett allowed to travel to New York, California while awaiting trial

Jussie Smollett has been granted permission to leave Illinois while he awaits trial on charges that he staged an attack on himself, then lied to police about being the victim of a hate crime.

Chicago top cop: Police have 'a lot more evidence' against Jussie Smollett than has been disclosed so far

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday batted down media reports that the thousands of dollars "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett paid two brothers was actually for personal training and nutrition, not for staging a phony racist and anti-gay attack against him as authorities allege.

Cartoonist faces backlash after adding Jussie Smollett to the list of 'Famous African-American Storytellers'

After criticism, the San Diego Union-Tribune removed a cartoon about Jussie Smollett by Steve Breen, the paper's longtime editorial cartoonist, from its website

A timeline of the Jussie Smollett case

A timeline of events in the still-evolving Jussie Smollett case in Chicago.

Jussie Smollett won't be on final episodes of 'Empire' season

Executive producers for “Empire” announced Friday that Jussie Smollett, who has been accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago, won’t appear on the final two Season 5 episodes of the Fox network series.

How a text from Jussie Smollett set in motion an alleged hoax that dragged 'Chicago's reputation through the mud'

An angry police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Jussie Smollett's alleged hoax dragged "Chicago's reputation through the mud."

Chicago's vast camera network helped police gather evidence in Jussie Smollett investigation

Chicago has the most extensive video surveillance network in the U.S., with access to more than 32,000 cameras mounted on buildings, poles, tunnels and buses.

Judge scolds Jussie Smollett over allegations he staged racist, anti-gay attack: 'Vile and despicable'

After his bond was posted, Jussie Smollett reported to the "Empire" production studios on the West Side. Cast members and crew are trying to wrap up shooting on the final episodes of Season 5.

Inside Jussie Smollett's alleged plot: Chicago police say they were suspicious from the start

How the Jussie Smollett story unfolded and unraveled.

Read the prosecution's case against Jussie Smollett

Prosecutors detail their case against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett in a bond proffer.

In little more than three weeks, 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett goes from victim to accused liar

Chicago police say Jussie Smollett is suspected of filing a false police report about a racially charged attack he says occurred as he walked to his apartment building in Streeterville last month.

State's attorney's office: Foxx recused herself from Jussie Smollett investigation after acting as go-between with CPD

In another puzzling twist in the investigation of a reported attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, the Cook County state's attorney recused herself from the case Tuesday as prosecutors in her office began questioning two brothers who had been possible suspects.

'Empire' star Jussie Smollett not meeting with Chicago cops on Monday, representative for actor says

"Empire” star Jussie Smollett doesn’t plan to meet with Chicago police Monday, a representative of the actor said, even after police announced they hope to talk to the actor again about the attack he reported last month in the Streeterville neighborhood.

Chicago police investigating whether 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett paid brothers to stage attack

Chicago police are investigating whether "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett paid two brothers to stage an attack on the actor in the Streeterville neighborhood late last month, according to a law enforcement source.

Brothers released in reported attack on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett — 12 hours after police called them 'possible suspects'

Chicago police late Friday released two brothers they had been questioning about a reported attack on “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, saying they were no longer considered suspects.

Police say 2 brothers being questioned in reported Jussie Smollett attack are now 'potential suspects'

Chicago police said Friday that the two brothers being questioned about a reported attack on “Empire” star Jussie Smollett are now "potential suspects," and detectives have "probable cause" that they may have committed a crime.

Chicago police question actor Jussie Smollett and 2 'persons of interest,' including man who appeared on 'Empire'

Detectives investigating the reported attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett questioned him again Thursday as they interviewed two people of interest, including a man who worked on the show, according to law enforcement sources.

'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett seeks to answer doubters in new TV interview

In a new TV interview, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett tried to end doubt that he was attacked last month in Chicago by two men who shouted slurs at him, hit him, poured an unknown chemical substance on him and wrapped a rope around his neck while yelling, “This is MAGA country!”

Jussie Smollett reiterates his cooperation, day after police say they need more phone records from night of attack

A day after Chicago police asked “Empire” star Jussie Smollett for additional telephone records for their investigation into the alleged attack outside his Streeterville apartment, representatives for the actor released a statement reiterating his cooperation with authorities.

Detectives trying to find store where rope used in reported attack on Jussie Smollett was sold

Police are checking retail stores surveillance video to see if any of them sold the white rope that was used in the reported attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett late last month.

Week before reported attack, Jussie Smollett got threatening letter with 'MAGA' written for return address

A week before he says he was attacked by two men yelling slurs, "Empire" star Jussie Smollett reported receiving a small white envelope addressed to him in a thick red scrawl at the Fox production studios on the West Side.

Jussie Smollett says 'I'm OK' at first show since he reported attack in Chicago

Jussie Smollett performed Saturday for the first time since it was reported that he was assaulted by two men in Chicago.

Chicago's top cop: 'We are making gains' in investigation of reported attack on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett

Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson said Friday detectives are "making gains" in their investigation of a report that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was attacked by two men who yelled slurs and put a noose around his neck in Streeterville early this week.

Detectives piecing together 'digital puzzle' as they investigate report of attack on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett

Police say they have found pictures of persons of interest wanted for questioning in the battery and assault of Empire actor Jussie Smollett.

Chicago police investigating report of assault on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett

Chicago police said Tuesday they received a report of a “possible racially charged assault and battery” involving an actor on the television show “Empire.”

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