He told a detective that at least one of the attackers was white, according to Chicago police. But after Abel and Ola Osundairo told police that Smollett paid them to stage a hate crime, his legal team have suggested the attack was real and the brothers were his actual attackers.
The Chicago Police Union has since called for a federal investigation into the actions of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, who reportedly believed there was no point in prosecuting the actor over the alleged hoax "because Jussie would have only gotten community service if convicted".
"Empire" actor Smollett had been indicted on 16 felony counts after staging a hate-crime against himself in January, but they were mysteriously dropped this week, potentially allowing the actor to get away with just two days of community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond to the city.
Guthrie went hard with her questions, focusing primarily on details of Smollett's account that seemingly contradicted law enforcement's findings.
Smollett said the letter contained a violent threat and homophobic slur in cutout magazine letters with a drawing of a crude stick figure hanging from a tree.
"There were no conditions, and there was obviously no plea", Glandian said. He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, and yesterday insisted, "I have been truthful and consistent on every level from day one".
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On "Outnumbered Overtime" Wednesday, former US attorney Guy Lewis said this is "open warfare" between the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. The whole affair left both the Chicago PD and Mayor Rahm Emanuel outraged.
"Do I think justice was served?" "Ultimately, the Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your attack".
He said charges are dropped in thousands of cases, but Smollett's case is getting scrutinized because he is a celebrity.
"I'll just put this right here", Ava DuVernay said while retweeting herself from February 17: "Despite the inconsistencies, I can't blindly believe Chicago PD". Foxx told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday she regretted dealing with the Smollett relative in the investigation's early phases. "So, it's not - it's not implausible", she told Guthrie. She said they discussed training and nutrition as Smollett was waiting on a delayed flight to Chicago.
In a statement reported by Deadline, Holmes said, "We are disappointed the local authorities have continued their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped". They do not appear to offer many major revelations about what investigators allege was Smollett's hoax. "He's asking for this,"' she said.