The legal team representing former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett filed three motions Friday in an effort to overturn the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the handling of his Chicago criminal case, TMZ reports. The documents argue that the appointment would expose the actor to double jeopardy.
“According to the docs, Jussie is trying to reverse the order issued last month by a Chicago judge, who faulted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and laid the groundwork for Jussie possibly facing prosecution for allegedly faking the now infamous ‘attack,'” TMZ reports. “Jussie’s attorney, Tina Glandian, takes issue with the judge’s apparent conclusion Jussie is guilty of staging a hate crime. In the docs, Jussie’s legal team claims the Osundairo brothers attacked Jussie, got caught and then blamed him.”
TMZ adds: “According to the docs, Jussie’s attorney is floating the idea Abel and Ola Osundairo were motivated by homophobia, and she cites text messages from Ola degrading another man as a ‘fruit.’ His legal team is seeking grand jury testimony from the two brothers.”