Empire’s Jussie Smollet made national headlines earlier this year after a report of an alleged hate crime committed against him by two men. The investigation was closely covered and convoluted, with Smollet himself eventually being indicted on 16 felony counts for lying to the police, before the charges were eventually dropped. But, according to TMZ, the actor may not be out of the woods just yet.
In the aftermath of the Chicago district attorney dropping the charges against Smollett, which was deemed a “whitewash of justice” by then-mayor Rahm Emanuel, a special prosecutor was assigned to the case to investigate. Dan Webb, the prosecutor charged with reviewing the details, reportedly has the power to reinstate the original 16 charges.
According to TMZ, Abel and Ola Osundair, the two Nigerian brothers who were accused in the original attack, recently visited Webb to discuss the case.
Sources close to the matter told TMZ the Osundair brothers met with Webb's team this week because the prosecutor wanted to hear their full side of the story of Smollets alleged attack. In footage obtained by TMZ, the pair separately meet with Webb in his offices along with their attorney Gloria Schmidt, where they each “spent a couple” of hours.
Smollett’s legal team opposed the appointment of a special prosecutor, saying that the case had been properly handled and should have stayed closed.