Published: Fri, March 29, 2019
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Cook County State's Attorney defends decision to drop charges against Smollett

Cook County State's Attorney defends decision to drop charges against Smollett

Also, "Assistance for food and incidentals were also provided" one report read.

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on 26, 2019, after prosecutors dropped all charges against him.

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

If the Osundairo brothers chose to attack Smollett yelling, "This is MAGA country!" and using the noose, why do so if it was not coordinated with Smollett?

The 36-year-old Empire actor had been facing 16 felony counts alleging he lied to police about being attacked in January.

But police arrested Smollett on February 21, accusing the actor of paying two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack in an effort to use the notoriety to advance his career.

On Tuesday, after prosecutors announced they were dropping the charges against Smollett, the attorney who was representing the Osundairo brothers told CNN, though a publicist, that the brothers had been fully prepared to testify in any criminal proceeding in the Jussie Smollett case.

IL prosecutor Joe Magats said the charges were dropped because Jussie forfeited a $10,000 (£7,600) bond payment and carried out community service.

The FBI is still investigating Smollett, looking at whether he sent himself hate mail laced with white powder in the days before the alleged hate crime.

'This is a whitewash of justice, ' mayor Rahm Emanuel said of the dropped charges.

"If the brothers are saying he helped them stage this attack, you're saying the brothers are lying", George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC's Good Morning America, asked Glandian. She said Smollett was a crime victim who "just wants his life back".

A spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment Wednesday.

Glandian may wish to brush the Smollett hate hoax under the rug, but Chicago police and the American people will not quickly forget. Unearthed evidence included receipts showing the brothers buying the rope used in the attack and a check Smollett gave them.

"It started by them having a relationship with Mr. Smollett".

"The person who committed that hoax is walking around saying 'I'm innocent.' I would like a resolution in the sense of accountability and responsibility in the system, of who is right. They're just going to throw him in stuff that he'll be forced to take because he'll need money".

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