WATCH: Bodycam Footage of Smollett With “Noose” Around His Neck Released

The Chicago police have released footage of former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett with a “noose” around his neck.

The release coincides with a judge’s ruling assigning a special prosecutor to investigate the Smollett scandal.

Time Magazine reported that a judge has decided to appoint a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in January.

In a ruling that leaves open the possibility that Smollett could be charged again, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin suggested that the county’s state’s attorney, Kim Foxx, mishandled the Smollett case by appointing a top aide to oversee it after she recused herself. Foxx had been in contact with a relative of the actor and had been approached by former first lady Michelle Obama’s one-time chief of staff on behalf of Smollett’s family, and she explained at the time that she was recusing herself to avoid “even the perception of a conflict” of interest.

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Breitbart reported that Chicago Police Department on Monday released hours of video captured as part of their investigation into the alleged hate hoax orchestrated by former Empire actor Jussie Smollett earlier this years.

Included in the nearly 70 hours of video is footage of Smollett wearing the noose he alleged his so-called attackers looped around his neck during the racist and anti-gay assault against him. The disgraced entertainer can also be seen asking officers to shut off their body cameras after they enter his downtown Chicago apartment. The below video shows three officers walking into a room with Smollett, whose face is blurred out. One officer asks Jussie Smollett if he wishes to remove the noose and the actor does so.

Chicago police released the video days after a judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges Smollett. He was charged with lying to police regarding the incident. Prosecutors dropped the charges on March 26.

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