A special prosecutor was appointed Friday in Chicago to look into the dissmissal of charges against Jussie Smollett for faking an attack against him in January, Reuters reported.
Depending on the prosecutor’s findings, Smollett could face more charges that he faked a hate crime after the dropping of previous charges caused controversy earlier this year. The prosecutor is tasked with looking into the circumstances that led to charges being dropped to see if the situation was handled properly.
Chicago police officials and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel publicly criticized the decision to drop charges against Smollett. Prosecutor Kim Foxx recused herself before charges were dropped because of a family connection to Smollett.
Smollett identifies as gay and was an actor on the television show Empire, but the show has said that Smollett will not return for the new season. Smollett claimed that two apparent Trump supporters poured bleach on him, put a rope around his neck, and shouted gay and racial slurs.
Evidence was later discovered that showed the attack to be a hoax, with Smollett paying two men to carry out the attack against him.
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