CHICAGO (CBS) — A judge in the case against Jussie Smollett is expected to meet with both sides on Wednesday.
The former “Empire” actor was accused in January 2019 of staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself in Streeterville. He was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct.READ MORE: Law To Allow Permanent No-Contact Orders In Sex Convictions
Two months later, those charges were dropped by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
A special prosecutor later was assigned to look into the entire case, after a judge found “unprecedented irregularities” in how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx handled the case, specifically by handing it over to her second-in-command after announcing she had recused herself.READ MORE: Arab Americans in Illinois Will Finally Be Counted When They Get Their Vaccine
In February 2020, a special Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment accusing Smollett of lying to Chicago Police.
Smollett has pleaded not guilty to the new indictment.MORE NEWS: Judge Gives Jussie Smollett's Defense Team More Time To Prepare Pre-Trial Arguments
Hearings have been delayed several times because of COVID-19.