Judge Unseals Records In Jussie Smollett Criminal Case
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A Cook County judge in Chicago ordered documents in the Jussie Smollett case be unsealed on Thursday.

Circuit Judge Steven Watkins made the decision after various organizations requested that the documents be released after charges were dropped against Smollett.

The former Empire star was arrested back in February after investigators believed he faked an attack earlier this year. The actor later pleaded not guilty to 16 felony charges.

Smollett’s team opposed the requests, citing the actors privacy, but Watkins ruled that Smollett’s right to privacy was no longer an argument since the actor and his legal team held a press conference after charges were dropped declaring his innocence.

Little was revealed after the documents were unsealed, but the Chicago Tribune reports that the judge’s decision to unseal the documents could lead to other sealed records in the case becoming available. Still, in the 192-page file, it mainly contained the media’s motions trying to block the sealing of the file in the first place.

Smollett has long denied any involvement in the attack, saying in a statement, “Nothing is further from the truth.” After the charges were suddenly dropped, Smollett called the investigation “one of the worst experiences of my life.”

The actor’s future on Empire has also been left up in the air. The show was renewed for a sixth and final season, but Smollett is not expected to return.

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