Judge formalizes trial date for Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO — Jury selection in the trial of Jussie Smollett will officially begin November 29.

Earlier this month, a Cook County judge had scheduled the trial. On Friday it was formalized.

Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported that two masked men attacked him in downtown Chicago in January 2019. At the time, he was starring in the TV show “Empire,” which was filmed in Chicago.

After initial charges against him were dropped by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office, a special prosecutor was appointed and charged him with felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing false police reports about what happened. The actor has denied the allegations and has pleaded not guilty.

Chicago News