Chicago's top prosecutor, Kim Foxx, has been subpoenaed Friday during her handling of the Jussie Smollet case, according to The Chicago-Sun Times.
Foxx, Cook County's state attorney, will have to appear in court after a retirement appellate judge, Sheila O'Brien, filed a petition last week for a special prosecutor to probe the Smollet case, in which a 16-count indictment against the "Empire" actor was dropped last month.
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Foxx's top deputy, Joseph Magats, was also summoned, and another document requested that Smollett appear at the hearing, the report said.
O'Brien requested Foxx, Magats and Smiths produce original documents in the criminal case to assure the public that "they have not been altered or destroyed and will not be destroyed throughout this case," reports Sun-Times.
Petition for a special prosecutor claimed Foxx's handling of the case was "plagued with irregularity."
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O'Brien argues that Foxx, who informally O'Brien wrote that "Foxx's conflict in this matter is beyond dispute," Foxx misled the public to believe that Smollett's case was handled like any other prosecution and without influence. "
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Smollett told police he was attacked on Jan. 29 around 2 a.m. as he was returning home from a sandwich shop in Chicago. He said two masked men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs, poured bleach on him, beat him and tied a rope around his neck. He claimed they shouted "This is MAGA country" ̵
After an intense investigation, police said Smollett staged the entire incident to drum up publicity for his career. 19659005] Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.