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A judge in Chicago ordered the file in Jussie Smollett's criminal case unsealed Thursday, saying the actor's actions did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy.
As a reminder, the "Empire" actor had been charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when reporting he'd been the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January. Police insist Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the incident because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted publicity.
Prosecutors - Charges - Explanation - March
Prosecutors dismissed all charges, though, with little explanation on March 26.
Smollett's lawyers had argued that since the case was dropped, Smollett had "the right to be left alone."
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Judge Steven G. Watkins of the Circuit Court of Cook County disagreed.
Apparently hoisted by his own self-promoted pitard; as The New York Times reports, in explaining his ruling, Judge Watkins wrote that Mr. Smollett’s request for privacy was not a good...
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