Chicago mayor demands answers after Smollett hoax charges dropped
28 March, 2019, 03:59 | Author: Heather Diaz
About an hour after the department released the files, the Chicago police reportedly became subject of a court order that barred them from releasing further files even though they were widely available online.
Smollett forfeited his $10,000 bond and performed recent community service with the Rainbow Push Coalition.
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and former Michelle Obama aide Tina Tchen are speaking out on Wednesday after a day's worth of backlash in response to the decision to drop multiple felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett.
Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 26, 2019. Smollett's charges were announced on February 21. A Smollett relative had said "Omg this would be a huge victory", referring to the Federal Bureau of Investigation handling the case.
Among those sure to keep pressing for answers is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who appeared blindsided by the decision.
"Let's get to the bottom of this", Emanuel said in an ABC News interview. He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, and yesterday insisted, "I have been truthful and consistent on every level from day one". A grand jury accused him of faking an attack and accusing Trump-supported whites wearing MAGA hats of the crime.
"I believe this is a just outcome based on the circumstances", Foxx said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, as part of a sealed deal, the IL state attorney's office dismissed 16 felony charges brought by a grand jury against the Trump-hating actor, who blamed phantom white MAGA supporters for a brutal racist "assault" that left him with a teensy-weensy scratch under his eye. "He took that, turned it around and tried to self-promote himself".
Authorities said they still believe Smollett, who is black and gay, concocted the attack in which he said two masked men beat him on January 29.
Smollett maintained his innocence in the face of a damning public account from authorities' of their case against him. He said his faith and community would not make him want to commit these alleged crimes. What do I think justice is?
They also believe that, should the show be renewed for a sixth season, Smollett should be cut from the production, believing that his presence could jeopardize the show's future.
"Tchen has made quite the career out of exploiting her Obama connections, including cushy spots on VICE's Diversity and Inclusion Board, Uber's #MeToo advisory board, and the Grammys' task force for inclusion and diversity", she said.
"I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused", he added.
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