A Cook Country judge Thursday ordered records in the Jussie Smollett criminal case to be unsealed.
This comes just two months after Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against the “Empire” actor and had records sealed.
The attorneys for Smollett previously succeeded in having the records sealed. They cited that the actor had privacy rights.
Thursday Judge Steven Watkins ruled those rights were trumped when Smollett’s legal team conducted multiple interviews the Chicago Tribune is reporting.
“These are not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply to be let alone,” Watkins stated, according to the Tribune.
Smollett as many of you know carried out a hate hoax blaming Trump supporters for attacking him at 2 a.m on Lower Water Street in -20 degree weather.
It turns out that he in fact hired two brothers who were both black and paid them $3,500 to carry out the fake attack.
Police and prosecutors claim that Smollett staged the attack, and police stated that he had made remarks about being unhappy with his salary of $125,000 per episode.
Statement from Kim Fox’s office, the Cook County State’s Attorney:
“State’s Attorney Foxx is pleased to be able to provide the public with even greater transparency in this matter than was previously possible because of the sealing order. A review of the documents is currently underway and the State’s Attorney’s Office will release the documentation related to this case through FOIA production by June 3, 2019.”