The singer appeared at a status hearing Wednesday in Chicago.
The singer’s legal team alleged he was subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment.”
The judge in the case wanted to know why the singer was a no-show.
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The case is the latest legal setback for the embattled singer.
Judge Michael Toomin slammed prosecutors, saying the case “lost its bearings.”
Actor is scheduled to make a court appearance next month.
“Empire” co-creator says he regrets rushing to judgment.
The “Empire” star has refused to reimburse the city $130,000.
The city is demanding Smollett cover the costs for investigating his alleged attack.