connectVideoChicago officers of justice on the defense after the dropping of all charges against Jussi Smollett
Cook County prosecutors in the Jussi Smollett case, be faced with opposition of justice and the office of the mayor; Matt Finn reports from Chicago.
The Chicago police came out swinging Wednesday and brought the full 61-page investigative report into the alleged Jussi Smollett hate crime hoax, a day after the indictment of the “Empire” star were drastically decreased — but the move prompted a moot court order.
The release of the documents came a day after Cook County prosecutors dismissed a 16-count indictment against the actor, saying that they had cut a deal with the TV star to perform two days of community service and lose his $10,000 bond with the city.
The move made it possible for Smollett for the lawyers to his criminal case be immediately sealed and wiped clean.
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About an hour after the department released the files, the Chicago police allegedly became the subject of a court order that excluded them from the release of other files, even if they were widely available online.
The dismissal of the charges against Smollett about the alleged attack drew a quick response from the mayor of the city and the police and raised questions about the reason why Smollett was not forced to admit what the prosecutors had said that they could prove in court — that the entire episode was a publicity stunt.
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The police files a number of which were redacted to remove witness names and personal information of the steps taken by one of the detectives to get to the bottom of what happened on the night of Jan. 29.
The report revealed new details about the police obtaining a search warrant for Smollett’s iCloud account, and then sharing the data with the FBI. The report includes new details about the $3,500 check Smollett wrote Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo. The brothers claimed that they were paid for the execution of the attack on Smollett, although Smollett said the money was for a personal training session.
Smollett told the police that he was attacked around 2 a.m. on the way home from a sandwich shop. He said two masked men shouted racist and anti-gay insults, poured bleach on him, beat him and tied a rope around his neck. He claimed that they shouted, “This is a BIG country” — a reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
The news of this kind of terrible accusations quickly garnered national attention.
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Soon, however, the tides shifted and researchers accused Smollett of making the whole thing up, because he was not satisfied with his wages on “Empire” and believed that the publicity of the incident would promote his career.
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Wednesday-released report shed light on some of the behind-the-scenes moves of detectives and prosecutors made to witnesses to be questioned and to throw off journalists.