Chicago prosecutor open to investigation into Smollett case

Tanya Cunningham
March 31, 2019

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Court Building after attending a hearing on whether cameras will be allowed in future proceedings of his trial on felony charges, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 12, 2019. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times this week, Jackson dismissed criticism over his involvement in the Smollett case, stating "reach out to people who are in distress" has always been a part of his group's mission.

The FBI is said to be still investigating the hate letters sent to Smollett prior to the violent incident.

Abel Osundairo (L), and his brother Ola Osundairo, the Nigerian brothers were arrested in connection with the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett but were released after reportedly telling detectives Smollett paid them to stage the attack.

Foxx, who recused herself from the case after communicating with a Smollett family friend, said the "Empire" actor has not been exonerated or found innocent.

Foxx, who took office in 2016, said she would have preferred for case records to be made public, but IL law prevents her office from releasing the records without Smollett's approval.

On Saturday, March 30, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson issued a statement to ABC News and other outlets reminding the public that his office "stood firmly behind this investigation and the evidence" brought against the "Empire" star alleging he staged a racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago on January 29. "It is an embarrassment to our nation!" "He has cost Chicago a lot more than a $10,000 bond".


Smollett's attorney said this was the "right" decision by the state.

Mr Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct filing a false police report after he turned himself in and was arrested. State prosecutor Joe Magats made the decision to drop the charges.

Foxx revealed the information via an op-ed she wrote for the Chicago Tribune this past Friday night.

But Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel insisted that if Smollett weren't an actor with influence, he would have been held to a different standard.

But Foxx said that her office wants to focus on "people of whom we are afraid" rather than "people at whom we are angry".

"I hope to see him here", the "Black-ish" star told Variety during a preview of the show.

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