Judge Orders Google to Turn Over a Year's Worth of Jussie Smollett's Data
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past year, you’ve heard about the huge scandal surrounding Empire star, Jussie Smollett. State’s attorney Kim Foxx’s office charged Smollett in February 2019 with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly orchestrating an attack on himself. However, she abruptly dropped all charges a month later. This lead Judge Michael Toomin to appoint special prosecutor Dan Webb to look into the case.
Recently, Toomin has ordered Google to turn over a year’s worth of Jussie Smollett’s emails, photos, location data and private messages as part of the special prosecutor’s investigation into the attack.
The warrants, filed last month in Cook County Circuit Court, will give investigators access to Smollett's and his manager's texts, emails, photos, location data, drafted and deleted messages, any files in their Google Drive cloud storage services, Google Voice texts, calls and contacts, as well as their search and browsing history.
Investigators are hoping that the data, which covers a substantial time frame before and after the attack, may shed light on whether the incident was premeditated, and whether Smollett and his manager had any correspondence with each other or anyone else.
The special prosecutor has also been appointed to investigate the decision by the Cook County state's attorney's Office to drop the charges against Smollett.
Whew chile! This just keeps getting more interesting by the day. We’ll keep you posted #gayes!