The Chicago Police Department is now under investigation in relation to the Jussie Smollett attack. The unidentified nurse "was fired last week and believes many other nurses and staffers were fired for the same reason".
In a statement to Fox News on Thursday, a spokesperson for the force confirmed that "an internal investigation has been opened".
Smollett ignited a media firestorm by telling police two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump had struck him, put a noose round his neck and poured bleach over him during an assault outside his apartment on January 29.
According to one nurse who was sacked following the incident, she never accessed Smollett's records, but merely scrolled past them as she was searching for another patient. "The guy I've seen has always been someone who cares about people, who cares about others, and who's very kind and who's always been cool and sweet", Latifah, 48, said on Yahoo News' Through Her Eyes.
Several local media outlets, including ABC7 and CBS Chicago, reported on February 14 that police believed the "Empire" actor had faked the January 29 hate attack, citing law enforcement sources. The actor said the men yelled racial slurs at him and threatened his life while pouring an unknown substance on him.
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By Feb. 21, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false report. He has since been released on a $100,000 bond. It wasn't long before authorities disputed his claims and called the attack a "publicity stunt", saying Smollett had staged the whole thing as a means of increasing his "Empire" salary.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson may have also gone too far when he said Jussie paid the brothers $3,500 to stage the attack.
While the odds are seemingly stacked against Smollett, Latifah isn't the only star who has rallied their support for the actor.
"Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing".