While the charges may have initially been dropped against Jussie Smollett for allegedly fabricating a hate crime, his legal troubles are not over yet. Smollett and the Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, have both said they will not be appearing at a court hearing Thursday to determine whether a special prosecutor will be assigned to look into Foxx’s handling of the case and subsequent leniency on Smollett.

When Kim Foxx dropped all the charges and immediately sealed the police evidence files, she added fuel to the firestorm of outrage against Smollett. It also set off an inquiry over what Foxx had done.

Retired appellate judge Sheila O’Brien, who will be making the determination of whether an investigation is necessary, requested both Smollett and Foxx appear in court for the hearing. Foxx’s office is expectedly fighting the motion for the inquiry and may also not appear in court despite having a subpoena compelling her to appear.

Jussie Smollett now fears for his safety in Chicago.

But Jussie Smollett’s attorney says the former “Empire” actor has left the Chicago area and if he returns to the Windy City he fears for his safety and would have to hire security.

So, let’s get this straight. The guy who allegedly made up a story about being attacked by two white men in “Make American Great Again” hats in the Democratic stronghold of Chicago is afraid to set foot back in the city where he was let off the hook?

Oh, the irony.

Whether or not O’Brien decides to assign a special counsel to investigate Foxx dropping the charges against Smollett, the actor’s legal troubles over the incident will continue. The City of Chicago has sued Smollett for the cost of the investigation into his allegedly bogus claims of a hate crime.

The two Nigerian brothers who were arrested and later released by police have also filed a lawsuit against Smollett’s attorneys for defamation, as well. Smollett’s gamble of ginning up a hate crime to garner sympathy and popularity, as well as career advancement, thankfully doesn’t show any indications of paying off.

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