Jussie Smollett Legal Team Trying To Dig Up Dirt On Former Top Cop

Steve Miller
January 29, 2020 - 8:56 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Newly filed federal court documents show actor Jussie Smollett is trying to get some dirt on one of his main accusers: former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

WBBM Newsradio's Steve Miller reports.

Documents show Smollett's attorneys have asked Chicago's inspector general for "any and all documents or communications which demonstrate or discuss that Eddie Johnson was untruthful or misleading in any statement."

Specifically, the request seeks documents related to the investigation into the night last October when Johnson was found asleep in his car, parked at a stop sign. The incident led to Johnson’s downfall.

Johnson claimed a medication issue caused him to fall asleep. But it eventually came out that he had been drinking at a Loop bar notorious for its stiff drinks. Mayor Lightfoot terminated him after she accused him of lying about the circumstances of that night; Johnson had already announced his pending retirement.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the new filings in the Smollett case, a saga that began one year ago when the former “Empire” co-star, who is openly gay, claimed he’d been attacked by homophobic white supremacists who placed a noose around his neck.

Police later alleged Smollett cooked up the claims as a publicity stunt, and charges against him were controversially dropped by Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx. The issue looms over Foxx's re-election bid. 

Chicago city government sued Smollett in hopes of recouping what officials say were wasted police costs. Smollett is counter-suing the city and Johnson.

 

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