Chicago Police release Jussie Smollett investigative files
28 March, 2019, 00:54 | Author: Courtney Perry
"He's saying he's innocent and his words are true".
In February, Foxx's office said she was recusing herself from the Smollett case in order to avoid a potential conflict of interest "based upon familiarity with potential witnesses".
Actor Jussie Smollett after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois, after it was announced that all charges were dropped against him. "To think that there is some type of infirmity or something that we learned about the case or something that we don't want aired is not true".
The story of what happened to Smollett on that chilly night on January 29 has transfixed much of the nation for almost two months.
Smollett had been accused of faking a hate crime by paying two brothers to attack him. "Clearly they've done that by releasing these records".
Now that charges have been dropped against Jussie Smollett, the "Empire" actor's attorney is trying to shift attention back on two brothers who told police they were paid by Smollett to help stage a racist, anti-gay attack on him.
The talk show host thinks the Empire actor will be scrutinized for the rest of his life after he was accused of staging a racial attack in Chicago on January 29.
Schmidt said in a statement Tuesday: "The Osundairo brothers were fully prepared to testify in any criminal proceeding in the Jussie Smollett case".
"Exoneration means there was a finding of factual innocence and usually that's done after a hearing in front of a judge with the victims and the witnesses", she explains.
Smollett may still faces issues at the federal level.
The initial news of the attack had prompted widespread sympathy for Smollett and outrage over the nature of the alleged crime. It also contained a white powder which turned out to be aspirin.
"There was no attempt, whatsoever, to influence the outcome of this case".
Kamran says the situation is "highly unusual" given the public scrutiny of the case and expects to see civil lawsuits filed very soon.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the dropping of the charges was a "whitewash of justice".
"[This] can not be good for the people of Chicago".
After the weeks-long investigation, Chicago PD claimed Smollett had orchestrated the attack on himself.
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. "None whatsoever", she said.
Earlier in the conversation, Hostin, who is a former attorney, pointed out how each side - both Smollett and the prosecution - feels as if they won something in the case. She said it was not the responsibility of the defense team to let them know.
Foxx told the Sun-Times the relative expressed concerns over leaked information that media outlets attributed to "police sources".
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