CHICAGO – Jussie Smollett’s attorneys cannot name the Chicago prosecutor’s office as a witness whose office dropped the initial charges for accusing the actor of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in 2019, a judge ruled Thursday.
Smollett’s attorneys also fail to mention various lawsuits related to his case, Cook County Judge James Linn said. However, Linn said they can tell the jury about an AR-15 and other weapons that were discovered after police raided the home of two brothers who prosecutors said Smollett had hired to carry out the attack, the Chicago Tribune reported .
The AR-15 was in legal possession and has since been returned to its owner, the judge found.
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Smollett is alleged to have lied to police when he reported that two masked men attacked him in downtown Chicago in January 2019. At that time he starred in the TV show “Empire”, which was filmed in Chicago.
After the initial charges against him were dropped by the office of Cook County Attorney General Kim Foxx, a special attorney was appointed and charged with misconduct for allegedly filing false police reports about the incidents. The actor denies the allegations and pleaded not guilty.
Foxx has come under fire for handling the case. The Special Prosecutor concluded that she and her office had not done anything criminal, but rather misused their discretion and provided false information about the case.
No trial date has been set for Smollett.
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