In March, Cook County Public Prosecutor's Office dropped all 16 offenses against Jussie Smollett, who was accused of conducting a fake homophobic attack and filing a false police report. However, on 23 August, a new special prosecutor was announced after the original prosecutor raised allegations of abusive treatment of the case.
Former US Attorney for the North District of Illinois and Special Prosecutor of the Iran-Contra Scandal of 1990, Dan Webb, was selected to determine whether new charges should be brought against Smollett. In June, Judge Michael Toomin said there were "unprecedented irregularities" in the way the original prosecution handled the case, including prosecutor Kim Foxx, who agreed to give SMS to a family member of Smollett and appoint her Excellency again apologized.
Video footage of the night Smollett, known for his starring role on television richReported the attack shows how Smollett opened the policeman's door with a rope around his neck and told the police that his assailants had doused him with bleach. The authorities claim that Smollett has paid acquaintances Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo to attack him, and the police claim the footage also shows them both taking a taxi to the scene of the attack.
Smollett did not plead guilty to the original allegations before they were dropped.