A judge has ordered Google to turn over Jussie Smollet’s personal electronic data including his search history, photographs, files and geolocation data to a special prosecutor.
The search warrant from Chicago police has demanded all files and emails associated with Google accounts linked to the former Empire actor and his manager, Frank Gatson, from November 2018 to November 2019, reports CNN.
Late last year, the actor was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack, something he’s always denied.
Eventually, all charges against him were dropped in March. At the time, Smollett’s lawyer said his record “had been wiped clean” saying he was “a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator.”
Actor Jussie Smollett
The City of Chicago later confirmed plans to sue Smollett to recover the $130,000 costs of investigating the incident. Police and the city’s mayor stood by their case and accused the courts of letting the actor off “Scott free” after it emerged Smollett paid $10,000 in bail and carried out community service.
The actor filed a countersuit last November following the city’s actions against him.
Special prosecutor, former US Attorney Dan K. Webb, is now investigating how State Attorney Kim Foxx’s handled the case and her office’s decision to end the case against the wishes of the police department.
Webb will also have authority to file new charges, if deemed appropriate, against Smollett following his investigation.