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Jussie Smollett case gets special prosecutor who will investigate why charges against actor were dropped

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Authorities alleged Smollett staged racist, anti-gay attack against himself

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A special prosecutor was named Friday to investigate why the Cook County (Illinois) State's Attorney's Office abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett in connection with allegations he staged a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in Chicago earlier this year, the Associated Press reported.

The appointment of former U.S. attorney Dan Webb by Cook County Judge Michael Toomin signals the possibility that new charges could be brought against the former "Empire" actor, the AP said. Smollett has never backed off his claim that the attack was real, despite denunciations by Chicago officials.

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