A judge in Chicago has ordered the file in the Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed.
Smollett had been facing felony charges for allegedly staging a homophobic and racist attack in January. Law enforcement believes the disgraced actor carried out the hate hoax to boost his career.
Prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against Smollett on March 26.
The actor paid $10,000 in bail to get out of jail following his arrest.
It was unclear how long it would take the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, which maintains the criminal records, to unseal Smollett's case.
Smollett wanted the case sealed, saying that he had "the right to be left alone". "The root of this problem is that the media, Mrs. Spears' clients, created publicity, and now her clients want to use that against someone who wants to get their rights back".
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CBS 2 and other media outlets asked Judge Watkins to unseal the files, arguing Smollett's arrest already made news worldwide, and Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the case has raised questions. Just weeks after he was charged, Foxx's office dismissed the case.
"(Smollett) voluntarily stood in front of cameras from numerous news organizations in the courthouse lobby and spoke about the case", Watkins noted.
Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard is investigating how Smollett's case was handled.
"Shortly after Mr. Smollett reported he was attacked, as a family friend, I contacted Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, who I also know from prior work together", she said in a March statement. And with this ruling, assuming a higher court doesn't overturn it, we'll all be able to see the entire case that the city of Chicago had for its prosecution of Smollett.
The subpoena would have required Tchen to appear at a May 31 hearing on O'Brien's request for a special prosecutor and provide "any and all documents, notes, phone records, texts, tape recordings made or received at any time, concerning your conversations with [Cook County State's Attorney] Kim Foxx in re: Jussie Smollett".