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President Trump Praises Appointment of Special Prosecutor in Smollett Case

President Trump Praises Appointment of Special Prosecutor in Smollett Case

After former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb was appointed as a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case, President Donald Trump endorsed the move on social media.

The president sent out a tweet commending the selection of Webb for the post, calling it “great”:

“He said MAGA country did it. So terrible!” the president said.

When Smollett reported that he had been assaulted by two men on Jan. 29, 2019, he said that the pair had called him racial and homophobic slurs and had said “this is MAGA country” during the attack.

President Trump described the reported attack as “horrible” after the news became public.

Smollett was later charged with fabricating the attack, but the Cook County state’s attorney’s office later dropped the charges. President Trump criticized the decision as “an embarrassment to our nation,” and called for the FBI and the Department of Justice to look into the incident.

Currently, Smollett is facing a lawsuit from the city of Chicago, alleging that the actor owes the city approximately $130,000 in overtime costs for officers investigating the attack, and a defamation lawsuit from two Nigerian brothers who claim that Smollett paid them to stage the attack.

On Friday, Webb was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case.

“First, (I’ll) investigate if any persons or offices involved in the Smollett case engaged in any wrongdoing,” Webb said at a press conference. “Number two, determine if reasonable grounds do exist to further prosecute Mr. Smollett. And number three, to submit a written report to the court of our findings and conclusions at the end of the special prosecutor’s investigation.”

The Cook County Inspector General’s office is also looking into the case, and is expected to issue a report later this year.  



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Jussie Smollett Case: Judge Orders ‘Empire’ Actor’s Case File to Be Unsealed

Jussie Smollett Case: Judge Orders 'Empire' Actor's Case File to Be Unsealed

A Cook County judge has ordered the sealed file surrounding the case of actor Jussie Smollett should be unsealed.

Judge Steven Watkins issued his order Thursday after previously hearing oral arguments on whether the files should remain hidden from the public on May 16.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said a review of the documents is underway and they will be released by June 3. 

“State’s Attorney Foxx is pleased to be able to provide the public with even greater transparency in this matter than was previously possible because of the sealing order,” her office said in a statement.

Media attorney Natalie Spears argued then that there was no good cause for his case to remain sealed because he was so public throughout the ordeal, and that it would be harmful to the public to keep it under wraps.

Smollett’s attorney Brian Watson contended that the “Empire” actor has a right to privacy under various statutes that are afforded to thousands of other people every year, and that the media was allowed to cover the process of the case itself, so the public was not barred from learning any new developments.

On Thursday, Watkins said that Smollett had “not shown good cause to rebut the public presumption of access.” It was not immediately clear when the file would be made available to the public. 

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On Jan. 29, Smollett reported that he was the victim of an attack in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, claiming to have been beaten by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, hit him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him, court documents show.

Chicago police initially investigated the incident as a hate crime, but alleged the following month that he orchestrated the attack himself because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

He was initially charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct in filing a false police report, before a Cook County grand jury then indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts.

Smollett pleaded not guilty before all charges against him were dropped on March 28 in exchange for his forfeiture of his $10,000 bond and his performance of community service.

The file was sealed in late March when prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges, drawing criticism of Foxx and calls for a special prosecutor to be appointed in the case. A hearing in that request was schedule for May 31.



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Osundairo Brothers in Smollett Case File Federal Lawsuit

Osundairo Brothers in Smollett Case File Federal Lawsuit

Note: You can watch the attorneys’ news conference live in the video player above, and read the brothers’ complaint at the bottom of the page. 

Olabinjio Osundairo and Abimola Osundairo filed a federal lawsuit against Jussie Smollett’s legal team on Tuesday, alleging that the “Empire” actor’s attorneys defamed the brothers throughout the saga of the attack Smollett claimed to have suffered in Chicago in January.

The Osundairo brothers filed the suit against Mark Geragos, Tina Glandian and the Geragos & Geragos law firm, according to the 16-page complaint filed in the Northern District of Illinois. 

The brothers’ attorneys Gloria Schmidt, Gregory Kulis and James Tunick planned to address the lawsuit at a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. at Chicago’s Union League Club. A spokeswoman for the lawyers told TODAY that the brothers would not be attending the news conference or speaking to media. 

The brothers were taken into custody for questioning in connection with Smollett’s claim that he was the victim of an attack in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood on Jan. 29. Smollett claimed to have been beaten by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, beat him, put a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him, court documents showed.

Initially investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, Chicago police said new information “shifted” their approach to the case, leading them to allege that Smollett orchestrated the assault by hiring the Osundairo brothers who worked on “Empire” to execute it.

Smollett was initially charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct in filing a false police report in February, with Chicago police alleging that he staged the attack the month before because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.” A Cook County grand jury then indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts, to which he pleaded not guilty before all charges against him were dropped last month. 

The news that charges would be dismissed came during an “emergency court appearance” on March 28 where prosecutors not only dropped the charges against Smollett but agreed to expunge the actor’s record, in exchange for Smollett’s forfeiture of his $10,000 bond and his performance of community service.

Smollett maintained his innocence, saying after the charges were dropped that he had been “truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.”

“I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I have been accused of,” he said.

“This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life,” Smollett told reporters. “But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn’t.”



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Jussie Smollett Case: New Trove of Texts From State’s Attorney’s Office Show Kim Foxx Worried ‘Empire’ Star Was Being Overcharged

Jussie Smollett Case: New Trove of Texts From State's Attorney's Office Show Kim Foxx Worried 'Empire' Star Was Being Overcharged

A trove of documents obtained Tuesday by NBC 5 from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office show that Kim Foxx was communicating with her staff about Jussie Smollett, even after she said she was recused from the case — and expressed concerns that Smollett, who she called “a washed up celeb who lied to cops,” was being over charged. 

“Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 (felony) becomes exhibit A,” a text message from Foxx reads.

She then references singer R. Kelly, charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse, as a “Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 (counts).”

“… Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should,” she wrote. 

The text messages, obtained via Freedom of Information Act request, show the state’s attorney’s office was unprepared for the media frenzy that surrounded the “Empire” actor’s case — particularly when the charges were dropped.

“Just wish I could have anticipated the magnitude of this response and planned a bit better!” Assistant State’s Attorney Risa Lanier said in one of the text messages.

The state’s attorney’s office acknowledged the document dump of 1,300 pages in a statement late Tuesday night.

“As the case is currently under review, we are not in a position to comment on specificities related to this topic,” the statement read. “We look forward to the findings of the Cook County Independent Inspector General’s Office’s review of how we handled this case.”

Foxx has asked county Inspector General Patrick Blanchard to investigate her office’s handling of the Smollett case, she announced Friday. 

“A former prosecutor, Inspector General Blanchard has been conducting independent inquiries for Cook County for over a decade,” Foxx said in a statement earlier this month.

“Ensuring that I and my office have the community’s trust and confidence is paramount to me, which is why I invited an independent review of this matter. I welcome this investigation and pledge my full cooperation and the cooperation of my office as IG Blanchard conducts his review,” Foxx’s statement continued.

Foxx recused herself from the case in February, with documents obtained the following month, also via FOIA request, showing that Foxx had asked Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation over to the FBI.

The documents also showed correspondence between Foxx, an unknown person and Tina Tchen, a one-time assistant to former President Barack Obama and chief of staff to Michelle Obama, who asked the state’s attorney for assistance in the case. 

Prosecutors later said that Foxx did not “formally” recuse herself but did so only “colloquially,” which allowed her to not seek the appointment of a special prosecutor. 

Foxx’s office revealed on March 26 that all charges would be dropped against Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself. The decision sparked a war of words between city leaders and Smollett’s legal team.

“I will tell you, I’m not going anywhere,” Foxx told a crowd at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, addressing calls for her to resign. 

Politicians and faith leaders have previously pushed back on criticism over how Foxx’s office handled the case.

“This is the same Kim Foxx who vacated 83 convictions that were wrongfully gained from a corrupt police officer who was planting drugs and guns on others,” she recounted.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and suburban police chiefs gave her a no-confidence vote after her office dismissed all charges against Smollett. 

F.O.P. President Kevin Graham says “Ms. Foxx needs to resign and she should do it quickly.”

While Foxx and her supporters are adamant that special treatment wasn’t given to Smollett, the city is still seeking $130,000 from the actor to pay for the overtime CPD accumulated to investigate his case.

The city of Chicago’s Law Department filed a civil complaint Thursday against Smollett under the city’s false statements ordinance.

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who will be sworn in as Chicago’s mayor on May 20, has also said during a pre-election debate that “the public has to have answers as to why these charges were dismissed.” But she hasn’t detailed any action she might take as mayor regarding Smollett.

The Smollett case and the city’s effort to make him pay is unusual, according to several legal experts.

“We don’t treat cases differently because of one celebrity, because I can ensure you the people of Cook County state’s attorney doesn’t,” Foxx said.



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State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Allegedly Called Jussie Smollett ‘Washed Up’ in Texts to Staff

City of Chicago Files Civil Complaint Against Jussie Smollett While the Actor Vacations in Hawaii

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Allegedly Called Jussie Smollett ‘Washed Up’ in Texts to Staff | Entertainment Tonight

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Top Prosecutor Requests Probe of Her Office in Smollett Case

Top Prosecutor Requests Probe of Her Office in Smollett Case

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has asked county Inspector General Patrick Blanchard to investigate her office’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case, she announced Friday. 

“A former prosecutor, Inspector General Blanchard has been conducting independent inquiries for Cook County for over a decade,” Foxx said in a statement. “Ensuring that I and my office have the community’s trust and confidence is paramount to me, which is why I invited an independent review of this matter. I welcome this investigation and pledge my full cooperation and the cooperation of my office as IG Blanchard conducts his review.”

Foxx’s office decided to drop all charges against “Empire” actor Smollett, who was accused of staging his own hate crime. The decision sparked a war of words between city leaders and Smollett’s legal team.

“I will tell you, I’m not going anywhere,” Foxx told a crowd at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Saturday.

Politicians and faith leaders have previously pushed back on criticism over how Foxx’s office handled the case.

“This is the same Kim Foxx who vacated 83 convictions that were wrongfully gained from a corrupt police officer who was planting drugs and guns on others,” she recounted.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and suburban police chiefs gave her a no-confidence vote after her office dismissed all charges against Smollett —even though Foxx recused herself from the case. 

F.O.P. President Kevin Graham says “Ms. Foxx needs to resign and she should do it quickly.”

While Foxx and her supporters are adamant that special treatment wasn’t given to Smollett, the city is still seeking $130,000 from the actor— to pay for the overtime CPD accumulated to investigate his case.

The city of Chicago’s Law Department filed a civil complaint Thursday against Smollett under the city’s false statements ordinance.

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Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who will be sworn in as Chicago’s mayor on May 20, has also said during a pre-election debate that “the public has to have answers as to why these charges were dismissed.” But she hasn’t detailed any action she might take as mayor regarding Smollett.

The Smollett case and the city’s effort to make him pay is unusual, according to several legal experts.

“We don’t treat cases differently because of one celebrity, because I can ensure you the people of Cook County state’s attorney doesn’t,” Foxx said.



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City of Chicago Files Civil Complaint Against Jussie Smollett While the Actor Vacations in Hawaii

City of Chicago Files Civil Complaint Against Jussie Smollett While the Actor Vacations in Hawaii

City of Chicago Files Civil Complaint Against Jussie Smollett While the Actor Vacations in Hawaii | Entertainment Tonight

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Mocks Jussie Smollett With New Fake Attack Story in Brutal Sketch

'Saturday Night Live' Mocks Jussie Smollett With New Fake Attack Story in Brutal Sketch

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City of Chicago to Bill Jussie Smollett $130K for Investigation

City of Chicago to Bill Jussie Smollett $130K for Investigation

A city official says Chicago is seeking $130,000 from “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to cover the costs of the investigation into his reported beating, which police say was staged.

Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the city government’s legal department, confirmed the amount Thursday, hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would try to recoup the money it spent on the investigation.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has bashed prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against Smollett in exchange for community service and his $10,000 bond, told reporters Thursday he expects to ask Smollett and his legal team to write a check.

“The police are assembling the cost [of the investigation],” Emanuel said. “They’ll do that and then the corporation counsel of the city of Chicago will communicate to Jussie Smollett and his legal team about recouping that cost in that effort. And, given that he doesn’t feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation is when he writes the check, in the memo section he can put the word, ‘I’m accountable’ for the hoax.”

“The finance is a piece of it and an acknowledgement that what he did at every level was wrong,” he added.

A representative for Smollett’s legal team said “it is the mayor and the police chief who owe Jussie – owe him an apology – for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough.” 

Emanuel also clapped back at President Donald Trump, who tweeted earlier Thursday that the case “is an embarrassment to our Nation!” 

“My recommendation to the president is go to Opening Day baseball. Sit on the sideline,” he said. “Stay out of this.”

“[Trump] created an environment that people think, like – I’m not done, I’m just getting started – that Jussie Smollett thinks that that hate-filled environment that the president created, pinning one American against another because of their background, then creates an environment he thought he could take an advantage of and create a hoax around a hate crime,” he added. “It is a vicious, toxic environment and cycle. I want to break it.” 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice will review the case, Trump claimed in his tweet Thursday. Both the FBI and the Department of Justice declined to comment on the case Thursday morning, according to NBC News. 

Smollett’s attorney said Thursday the actor simply wants to “move on,” claiming the aftermath of the alleged beating was “much harsher” than the attack itself.

“What that attack was pales in comparison to the attack on him by the mayor, by the CPD, by the press, by the public,” one of Smollett’s lawyers, Tina Glandian said in an appearance on TODAY.

All criminal charges against Smollett were dropped Tuesday, nearly two months after the actor was accused of orchestrating a hate crime attack on himself. The surprise decision to dismiss the charges was celebrated by Smollett and his legal team and blasted by Chicago’s mayor and police department, who raised questions about the circumstances of the deal. 

In an appearance on TODAY Thursday, Smollett attorney Glandian said his legal team was “not at all” concerned about a potential FBI investigation into the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of charges.

“We have nothing to be concerned about because there was nothing on our end to request this, to do anything improper, and to my knowledge, nothing improper was done,” Glandian said.

The news that charges would be dismissed came during an “emergency court appearance” where prosecutors not only dropped the charges against Smollett but agreed to expunge the actor’s record. Prosecutors later said the charges were dismissed in exchange for Smollett’s forfeiture of his $10,000 bond and his performance of community service. 

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Smollett pleaded not guilty to multiple disorderly conduct charges earlier this month. He was initially charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct in filing a false police report in February, with Chicago police alleging that he staged the attack the month before because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.” A Cook County grand jury then indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts.

“Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment,” Smollett’s attorneys Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement. 

Smollett maintained his innocence, saying after court that he has been “truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.” 

Smollett reported the alleged attack to police on Jan. 29, claiming to have been beaten by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, beat him, put a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him, according to the indictment.

Initially investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, Chicago police said new information “shifted” their approach to the case, leading them to allege that Smollett orchestrated the assault by hiring two brothers who worked on “Empire” to execute it. 

Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson hammered the decision to dismiss charges against him, saying they were unaware it was happening.

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“At the end of the day it’s Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax. Period. If he wanted to clear his name the way to do that was in a court of law so that everyone could see the evidence,” Johnson said. “I stand by the facts of what we produced. If they want to dispute those facts the place to do that is in court.” 

Emanuel called the decision a “whitewash of justice.”

In a statement, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said the decision came “after reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollet’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago.”

“We believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” the statement read.

In an interview Wednesday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx defended her office’s decision to drop charges and denied that she had any involvement after recusing herself from the case in February. 

“I did not want, as this investigation changed, for there to be any question about my impartiality so I removed myself,” she said, echoing earlier statements from her office that the decision to drop charges was not uncommon in disorderly conduct cases.

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“Over the course of the last two years, we’ve had 5,700 people go through our pretrial diversion process, people who have non-violent offenses and who have no violence in their background,” Foxx said. “And so I think when people see this one particular case it feels like an outlier where in fact, it’s consistent with how we treat people charged with similar offenses with the same background.”

Documents obtained earlier this month via Freedom of Information Act request showed that Foxx had asked Johnson to turn the investigation over to the FBI. The documents also showed correspondence between Foxx, an unknown person and Tina Tchen, a one-time assistant to former President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama.

“It was not unusual for me to talk to a victim in a case,” Foxx said. “At the time that I engaged with this family member, Mr. Smollett was a victim.”

Tchen said in a statement she knew members of the Smollett family from “prior work together” and that “as a family friend,” she contacted Foxx “to put the chief prosecutor in the case in touch with an alleged victim’s family who had concerns about how the investigation was being characterized in public.”



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Embattled State’s Attorney Denies Role in Dropping Smollett Charges

Embattled State's Attorney Denies Role in Dropping Smollett Charges

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Wednesday denied that she had any role in the decision to drop charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. 

Speaking in an interview with NBC 5, Foxx said she decided to recuse herself from the case a week before charges were filed so she could “ensure the public that I was operating transparently and clearly.” 

“I did not want, as this investigation changed, for there to be any question about my impartiality so I removed myself,” she said while echoing earlier statements from her office that the decision to drop charges was not uncommon in disorderly conduct cases. 

Foxx recused herself from the case in February, with documents obtained earlier this month via Freedom of Information Act request showing that Foxx had asked Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation over to the FBI. The documents also showed correspondence between Foxx, an unknown person and Tina Tchen, a one-time assistant to former President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama.

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“It was not unusual for me to talk to a victim in a case,” she said. “At the time that I engaged with this family member, Mr. Smollett was a victim.”

Tchen said in a statement she knew members of the Smollett family from “prior work together.”

“Shortly after Mr. Smollett reported he was attacked, as a family friend, I contacted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who I also know from prior work together,” she said. “My sole activity was to put the chief prosecutor in the case in touch with an alleged victim’s family who had concerns about how the investigation was being characterized in public.”

First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats, who handled the case, said Tuesday that Foxx had nothing to do with the decision to drop charges, however.

“There has been no outside, undue, inappropriate influence on this case what so ever,” he said. 

Foxx’s office said it believes dropping all criminal charges against Smollett was a “just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” but noted they “did not exonerate” the actor. 

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“In the last two years, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has referred more than 5,700 cases for alternative prosecution. This is not a new or unusual practice,” the office said in a statement. “An alternative disposition does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities with the case or the evidence. We stand behind the Chicago Police Department’s investigation and our decision to approve charges in this case. We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett. The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollett’s agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago.”

In a later interview, Magats said the decision followed a look at the offiice’s resources, saying “our number priority is violent crime.”

He added that Smollett was “not a victim of a hate crime” and had already served two days of community service.  

The decision comes after a nearly two-month saga in the case. 

“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,” Smollett said outside the courtroom Tuesday. “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of.”

The Chicago Police Department said it was not notified of the prosecution’s decision to drop charges and found out about the news during a graduation ceremony for recruits. 

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“It’s a punch in the gut. Is absolutely a punch in the gut,” said Commander Ed Wodnicki. “We worked closely throughout our three-week investigation to get to the point where we arrested the offender. For the state’s attorney at this point to dismiss charges without discussing this with us at all is just shocking.” 

Police said they were “prepared for trial” and have a “rock solid case.” 

“We have overwhelming evidence,” Wodnicki said, calling the move a “slap in our face.” 

A visibly angry Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the decision a “whitewash of justice.”

“Where is the accountability in the system?” Emanuel said during a press conference. “You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”  

Meanwhile, Smollett’s family said in a statement the actor is “an innocent man whose name and character has been unjustly smeared.”  

Smollett reported the alleged attack to police on Jan. 29, claiming to have been beaten by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, beat him, put a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him, according to the indictment.

Initially investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, Chicago police said new information “shifted” their approach to the case, leading them to allege that Smollett orchestrated the assault by hiring two brothers who worked on “Empire” to execute it.

Smollett was initially charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct in filing a false police report, with Chicago police alleging that he staged the hate crime attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

A Cook County grand jury later indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts, which he pleaded not guilty to.  

The lawyer for the brothers, Obabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, previously said the pair had evidence backing their claim that he orchestrated the attack. Smollett’s lawyers said “misinformation” had been reported in the case and said they planned to prove a lack of evidence in the case.

A representative for the brothers’ legal team said their attorneys were reviewing the latest developments Tuesday.

Smollett said he would “like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life but make no mistakes I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”

In a statement, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said Smollett “has always maintained his innocentand we are gratified on his behalf that all charges against him have been dismissed.”



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