Prosecutors Drop Charges Against "Empire" Actor Jussie Smollett

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Before the attack, police said, Smollett also sent a letter threatening himself to the Chicago studio where "Empire" is shot.

"This is a whitewash of justice", Emanuel said, noting that a grand jury indicted Smollett based on a "sliver" of the evidence police had gathered in the case. "It is an embarrassment to our Nation!" he wrote on Twitter.

As Trump noted, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly still investigating the case.

Smollett said two masked men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs, poured bleach on him, beat him and looped a rope around his neck.

Chicago police initially investigated the case as a possible hate crime.

Smollett said the letter contained a violent threat and homophobic slur€ in cutout magazine letters with a drawing of a crude stick figure hanging from a tree.

Under certain circumstances, the statute permits alternatives for low-level, nonviolent felonies, like the charges brought against Smollett.

And while many agree that the Smollett situation is head-scratching, they also find it ironic that Trump - who was reportedly cleared of collusion by the Mueller report, though Mueller stopped short of exonerating him - is leading the charge.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson stand by the investigation which found the alleged attack to be a hoax perpetrated by Smollett. Smollett then reported the alleged attack a week later. "But at the end of the day, forfeiting $10,000 versus putting your life on hold for a year was a small cost to pay". "Smollett should not be able to get anything more from the City of Chicago or IL".

Tchen, a Smollett family friend, contacted Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office handled the Smollett deal. Schmidt told George Stephanopoulos that the $3,500 the Chicago Police Department claimed the brothers were paid for staging the attack was actually for fitness training. "They were his trainers", Holmes said.

"The case is closed".

The court's decision to seal the records in the case angered many observers.

The Daily Mail of London noted police officers already have called for an investigation into the Obama links to the Smollett case.

The 61 pages were released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from the media.

First Assistant to the Cook County State's Attorney Joseph Magats previously said prosecutors dropped the case because Smollett does not have a violent criminal history, and allegedly lying about the attack was not a violent crime.

The Department of Justice declined to comment when asked about the President's tweet.

In a statement Tuesday, State Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx announced that the action was "a just disposition and appropriate resolution".

Foxx recused herself from the case before charges were filed against Smollett because of conversations she had about the incident with one of Smollett's relatives, according to her spokesman. Foxx said a second time the "outcome was not unexpected". " not believe that the court file should be sealed".

Foxx declined to answer a question regarding whether or not she believes Smollett is innocent.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin confronted Jussie Smollett's attorney Tina Glandian on AC360 on Wednesday night over the controversy involving the dropping of 16 felony charges against Smollett for faking a hate crime. Smollett did not have to admit guilt and has used the move by prosecutors to claim he has been vindicated.