Chicago police release batch of Jussie Smollett case documents


FILE – In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett waves as he leaves Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. The release of 460 pages of documents related to the Chicago police investigation of Smollett show detectives were informed a possible deal with the actor was in the works […]

CHICAGO, Il. (FOX) — One week after an Illinois judge ordered “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal case file to be unsealed, the Chicago Police Department has released the documents.

The file includes more than 460 pages of case reports, arrest files and supplementary files, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement to Fox News on Thursday.

Guglielmi said 300-plus pages of supplementary materials — including handwritten detective notes, subpoena records and ancillary material — will also be delivered, hopefully by this time next week.

“The final release will be pertinent video files that require a heavy amount of digital redaction for things like license plates of unrelated vehicles and the blurring of faces of individuals not involved in the criminal investigation,”  Guglielmi said. “We hope to have that completed by the week after next.”

Earlier this month, Cook County Judge Steven Watkins, who presided over a March hearing where prosecutors dismissed the charges with little explanation, ordered records in the controversial case be made public.

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