Chicago police release files in 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett case

Tanya Cunningham
March 28, 2019

Police also provided food throughout their stay, the report says.

In yet another unusual twist, the troubled actor's case has pitted two key figures in the former president's White House - who happen to be political heavy hitters in Chicago - against one another now that charges that Smollett faked a hate crime have been dropped. They better get their story straight.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the Federal Bureau of Investigation was involved from the start but there was never talk of turning the case over. He said two masked men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs, poured bleach on him, beat him and tied a rope around his neck.

He told a detective that at least one of the attackers was white, according to Chicago police. Chicago police detained the brothers in mid-February at O'Hare International Airport after the returned from Nigeria, they were questioned and their apartment in Chicago was searched.

On Wednesday morning, Meghan McCain, Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro reacted to Tuesday's shocking news that all 16 felony charges against Smollett had been dropped.

All charges in connection with the racist, homophobic attack that he reportedly orchestrated upon himself were dropped, and his record was expunged.

On "Outnumbered Overtime" Wednesday, former USA attorney Guy Lewis said this is "open warfare" between the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Not everyone is feeling that Smollett is being punished properly though - the actor will serve community service and surrendered his $10,000 bond.

Added Stephen Colbert of the stunning Smollett development, "Man, Bill Barr has been busy!" referencing Attorney General Barr, whose four-page cut-down of Robert Mueller's exhaustive report exonerates President Donald Trump of collusion with Russians and obstruction.


Foxx explained to WGN News why her office dropped all 16 charges against Jussie Smollett.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Schmidt said in a statement that the two "were fully prepared to testify in any criminal proceeding" in the Smollett case.

"It started by them having a relationship with Mr. Smollett".

"[This] can not be good for the people of Chicago. They're just going to throw him in stuff that he'll be forced to take because he'll need money". "There was no political influence in this case", she said. A phone number associated with their home had a voicemail box that was full.

"He completely politicized this at a time when our country is ripping itself apart", McCain said.

But Smollett's lawyers claimed there was no such agreement, and that the actor was the victim of a rush to judgment. She said it was not the responsibility of the defense team to let them know. She said they discussed training and nutrition as Smollett's flight to Chicago was delayed.

The reports, which police released after Freedom of Information Act requests from the media, do not appear to offer many major revelations about what investigators alleged was a hoax that the "Empire" actor perpetrated with the help of two acquaintances - brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo.

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