The special prosecutor was appointed to look into the matter as to why the charges against Jussie were dropped abruptly.
Jussie Smollett, the former star of the TV Show 'Empire,' was in trouble last year following a staged attack on himself. Jussie is a gay Black man and he asserted that the attack on him was both racially charged and homophobic and insisted that he was the victim of a hate crime. He was arrested in February 2019 for allegedly staging the attack but the charges against him were dropped in March without explanation.
As reported by ABC7Chicago, the Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb as a special prosecutor to look into why the charges were dropped abruptly. The Cook County's state attorney Kim Foxx had recused herself from the case earlier but as reported by WLS, "Webb released a statement, saying a Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment against Smollett, charging him with making four separate false reports to Chicago police ‘related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing he was not the victim of a crime."
The WLS report stated: "Webb said his investigation was into whether Smollett should be further prosecuted for alleged false police reports, and whether any person or office involved in the investigation engaged in any wrongdoing, including the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office."
The report added: "Webb said he has not yet reached any conclusions as to the second part of the investigation, and that his investigation into whether any person or office involved in the investigation engaged in wrongdoing is ongoing."