Chicago Police open internal investigation into alleged leaks in Jussie Smollett case

Celebrities, Like Queen Latifah, Who've Defended Jussie Smollett After Arrest

Celebrities, Like Queen Latifah, Who've Defended Jussie Smollett After Arrest

Smollett, 36, was accused of orchestrating his own attack, which was initially being deemed a potential hate crime by the Chicago Police Department.

"I would like to point out that a lot of the information out there was inaccurate and there were numerous agencies involved in this investigation", said Sergeant Rocco Alioto with the Chicago PD Office of Communications.

Dozens of workers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital may have been fired for improperly reviewing the medical records of Jussie Smollett, who was treated at the emergency room after he claimed he had been attacked by two men.

Edward Wodnicki, chief of detectives for CPD's Area Central, started the probe after disorderly conduct charges were filed against the actor in February after a almost month-long investigation that began when Smollett reported he had been attacked by two men in Streeterville early on January 29 who beat Smollett and shouted racial and homophobic slurs, CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The unidentified nurse "was fired last week and believes many other nurses and staffers were fired for the same reason".

Sources said those workers have been terminated after gaining access to the "Empire" actor's medical chart.

Smollett has maintained that he is a victim and has denied all the allegations that he staged the incident.




They said hospital bosses still fired them and that others received similar treatment.

There's an internal investigation that's been launched within the Chicago Police Department.

Following police accusations that Smollett had lied, he was charged with filing a false police report. The judge granted a $100,000 bail, and Smollett paid a $10,000 bond.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference last month that police found the "check that [Smollett] used to pay [two brothers]" to fake the beating, adding he paid them $3,500 "for the two of them in total, and then $500 upon return". On January 28 - the day before the "attack" - Bon [Abel Osundairo] wrote, 'I know you're traveling today, make sure you get at least 45 mins of cardio.' Another text on January 20 outlines a menu for the day, including chicken thigh, StarKist Tuna, Eggs and Smucker's peanut butter.

"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".

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