A judge has ruled that the case file of 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett can be unsealed.
The news comes two months after prosecutors abruptly dropped charges that accused Smollett of staging a false hate crime with the help of the Osundairo brothers.
The files were sealed from the public eye based on an Illinois law that allows a defendant’s court file to be sealed if charges against them were dropped or they were acquitted.
But the reason for the documents being made public appears to be down to Smollett himself:
"After the March 26 dismissal, he voluntarily stood in front of cameras from numerous news organizations in the courthouse lobby and spoke about the case,” Judge Watkins wrote. “These are not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply be let alone.”
He stated that Smollett chose to bring publicity to his own case.
So expect a lot of Smollett headlines once the documents go public.