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The Empire star, Jussie Smollett, will not attend a court hearing on “whether a special prosecutor will be appointed to investigate prosecutors’ dismissal of charges against him, his publicist told the Associated Press Wednesday.”

This comment came on the heels of Smollett’s attorney filing a motion to reject judge (retired appellate) Sheila O’Brien’s formal request to have him appear in court in Chicago this Thursday. Smollet’s attorney said the reasoning for him not returning to the city is because he has moved out since wrapping up his role on “Empire,” and returning to the city would cause “additional security measures” for the actor.

Smollett is not the only one fighting off the justice system. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is also fighting a motion against a special prosecutor’s investigation into her office.

Foxx’s team is also working on rejecting O’Brien’s subpoena for Foxx to make a formal appearance in court.

The additional heat of appearing in court is the last thing Foxx needs at the moment. Foxx’s office has been slammed on the double standard taken with Smollet’s case.

A judge from Cook County called out Foxx for prosecuting a woman – who filed a false police report – while dropping charges against Smollet for the same crime.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.

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