By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

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.

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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.

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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.

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Hearings have been delayed several times because of COVID-19.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff