Jussie Smollett Case: State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Denies Fixing The Case

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel right and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appear at a news conference in Chicago Tuesday

They testified before a grand jury, and soon after Smollett was charged with filing a false report of the attack.

"Smollett isn't being charged with a crime, but he hasn't officially been exonerated, so if nothing else, he is qualified to be the president of the United States", Late Late Show host James Corden snarked, adding, "It is impressive that one person might be too much drama for Empire". He told a detective that at least one of the attackers was white, according to Chicago police.

In a surprise hearing Tuesday, Joe Magats, the first assistant state's attorney in Cook County, Illinois, announced he chose to drop charges against Smollett.

"Did someone potentially very important or influential do a favor, make a call on Jussie's behalf?" But prosecutors on Tuesday announced all the charges were dropped in return for Smollett's community service and forfeiture of $10,000. "I'll keep you posted".

"We all collectively worked on this case and researched every single detail and every single fact. I had shared with him the conversations that we had, and the concerns that they had, and it was the same day that the superintendent went on television and affirmed that Jussie Smollett, at the time, was a victim, and had no reason at that time to suggest otherwise". I don't think anyone political reached out to anyone.

"They were thinking, I'm going to help my friend".

Glandian says Smollett, who is black and gay, had hired one brother as a personal trainer, and that they discussed training and nutrition in the hours before the attack as Smollett's flight to Chicago was delayed.

Prosecutors on February 21 accused him of paying two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, $3,500 to carry out an attack they called a hoax to advance his career but abruptly dropped the charges on Tuesday.

A total of 16 criminal charges against the Empire actor Jussie Smollett were dropped on Tuesday, surprising many people - including Chicago's mayor - and raising a series of questions as to what actually happened. "It's highly, highly unusual", said Phil Turner, a Chicago defense attorney and former federal prosecutor with no ties to the case.

Prosecutors also said their office stands behind the Chicago Police Department's investigation and dropping the charges does not mean there were problems with the case. But police officials have said security videos, financial records and interviews with the brothers proved Smollett hired them to participate in a fake attack on January 29. What do I think justice is?

Law&Crime's Colin Kalmbacher examined evidence on Tuesday that may explain why Smollett was cleared of charges.

Smollett initially earned widespread sympathy from celebrities and some Democratic presidential candidates over his account of the alleged assault.

Emanuel, who leaves office in May after two terms, said the hoax could endanger other gay people who report hate crimes by casting doubt on whether they are telling the truth.

But Holmes defended the prosecutor's decision.

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