On Tuesday, prosecutors said they dropped charges against Smollett after he agreed to perform community service and to forfeit his $10,000 bond. The 16 felony counts followed the police's investigation, but a lack of sufficient evidence essentially forced the case against Smollett to fall apart.
Addressed to the actor's apartment in a scrawled hand-writing and red-pen, investigator's believe Smollett may have sent the letter to himself, and if found guilty, he could face federal charges. Specifically, is there any linkage between the answers to the first two questions - between Foxx's stumbles at the start of the case and her office's decision to abandon it?
But she said Smollett had no idea who attacked him until the brothers were later identified by police.
The handling of the case has led to even deeper fractures in the Chicago political and law enforcement establishment.
Smollett is maintaining his innocence, stating he had been "truthful and consistent on every single level since day one".
Not only was Smollett not held accountable for wasting thousands of man-hours of the Chicago PD's time and money - no small matter in such a high-crime city - but his record was sealed and the charges dropped.
"I'm reminded of the opening scenes of Hamlet when the soldier Marsella says, 'Something is rotten in Denmark.' It doesn't add up". "That's completely false and I have seen the phone records and they've been produced".
And Republican State Representative Michael McAuliffe released a statement on Tuesday announcing plans to introduce legislation this week to prohibit any production with Smollett from receiving the Illinois Film Tax Credits.
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.
Authorities still believe Smollett concocted the attack in which he said two masked men beat him in late January.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the dropping of the charges was a "whitewash of justice".
She said the community service had been "falsely represented" and that Smollett has always been a person who does volunteer work. State attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the case in February. "I think if they believed the charges, they would never have dismissed the case".
White House visitor logs show Jurnee Smollett-Bell paying at least one personal visit to "POTUS/FLOTUS" at their residence in March 2013 while Tchen was serving as a top strategist to both Obamas. "Mr. Smollett being in a position of power over them - him being this celebrity person who could pull strings for them and help them in their career", Schmidt said.
As they had in the past two years, Colbert and Barkley made a decision to place a friendly wager on the game between the North Carolina Tarheels and Barkley's own Auburn Tigers.