(CBS News) Chicago police released hundreds of files and nearly 70 hours of video footage on Monday from the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s claim back in January that he was attacked by two men — a claim that police later characterized as a hoax.
In one of the videos, police body-cam footage showed Smollett — with his face blurred — wearing a white rope that he told detectives his attackers looped around his neck. When one of the officers asked Smollett if he wanted to take the rope off of his neck, the 37-year-old actor did while stating: “Yeah. I do. I just wanted you all to see it.”
A Chicago judge has ordered a special prosecutor to be appointed to review the way prosecutors handled the case and ultimately dismissed it.
The judge said in his order, “If reasonable grounds exist to further prosecute Smollett, in the interest of justice the special prosecutor may take such action.”
Jussie Smollett could actually be prosecuted for allegedly faking the now infamous attack on the streets of Chicago.
Kim Foxx responded to the order, saying, “I respectfully disagree with the court’s conclusion that, in the absence of any conflict, the appointment of a special prosecutor is required.”
She continued, “As always, I remain committed to transparency, justice, and the public safety of the communities we serve.”
‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’s’ Wife Beth Chapman Is In A Medically Induced Coma
In an article shared on Dog’s official Twitter and Facebook pages, the family spoke out in a statement to Hawaii News Now.
on Saturday, June 22, and “humbly” asked “everyone to please pray for Beth.” The Chapmans also said they sincerely thank “everyone for their prayers throughout Beth’s battle with cancer.”
Dog also tweeted on Sunday, June 23: “Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you.”
Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 23, 2019
Beth announced she was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer in September 2017, but two months later revealed she was cancer free. However, one year later, in November 2018, she underwent emergency surgery and doctors discovered the cancer had returned and spread to her lungs.