A Cook County judge on Friday appointed a former U.S. attorney to investigate how State’s Attorney Kim Foxx handled the Jussie Smollett hoax attack in February.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Judge Michael Toomin has selected one of the most high-profile attorneys in Chicago, Dan Webb. Webb was the top federal prosecutor in Chicago in the 1980s and eventually became a national security advisor.
A judge ordered an independent investigation into both Foxx and Smollett’s actions and the subsequent dropping of charges.
The former “Empire” star is also in a legal fight with the city over a $300,000 bill. The city says it spent that amount in manpower to investigate the February attack and wants Smollett to pay it back after it was found out he lied and staged the attack. Smollett has refused to make a payment and still claims he was the victim of a brutal hate crime.
Smollett first told police that a pair of white people wearing MAGA hats threw bleach on him, beat him, put a noose around his neck, and yelled out, “this is MAGA country.” Smollett even went on Good Morning America and gave an emotional interview over the incident.
After about three weeks of investigations, Chicago police were able to track two Nigerian brothers as the attackers, who then flipped on Smollett and explained how he paid them and planned the hoax attack.
Foxx eventually dropped all 16 felony-level charges related to the hoax in exchange for Smollett to forfeit his $10,000 bond and community service hours.
Then mayor Rahm Emanuel called the deal a “whitewash of justice.”
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