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

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

However, the Cook County state attorney's office on Tuesday unexpectedly dropped all 16 felony counts against Smollett for allegedly staging the attack and lying to police about it ― prompting shock and confusion from Chicago officials. Smollett merely forfeited his $10,000 bond and completed 16 hours of community service.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the dropping of the charges was a "whitewash of justice".

In none did she explain why she tried to convince the Chicago Police Superintendent to hand the case over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the request of Smollett's family and their friend, former Obama aide Tina Tchen.

Jussie Smollett has maintained his innocence.

Smollett claims that on January 29, masked white attackers wearing MAGA hats had screamed, "This is MAGA country!" before seizing him, putting a noose around his neck, and pouring an unknown bleach-scented liquid on him.

Although the charges against Smollett were dropped, Foxx said in an interview with CNN affiliate WLS that she had confidence that her office could have proved him guilty.

Smollett's lawyer said the brothers had backed up the actor's version of events. "Jussie's thing with the law has definitely benefitted in terms of everyone's talking about you, you're the lead story on everything", Wendy, who recently made headlines of her own after admitting she's been living in a sober house, said.

Taraji added that she always believed him "because I know him and I know his track record. We should all allow Mr Smollett to move on with his life as a free citizen".

Abel Osundairo (L), and his brother Ola Osundairo, the Nigerian brothers were arrested in connection with the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett but were released after reportedly telling detectives Smollett paid them to stage the attack.

Emanuel said Chicago taxpayers "put a lot of resources" into the police investigation, because "we take the issue of a hate crime in our city" seriously. "And he was wearing a mask and so he did not identify them", she said.

The brothers testified before a grand jury, and Smollett was charged last month with filing a false police report about the attack.

The Department of Justice should investigate Kim Foxx for many reasons. "He absolutely talked to them because he had just hired the one brother to train him for his upcoming music video - for training and nutrition, which the brothers have now confirmed that's actually what the check was for", she said.

"The problem is that if that ever does really happen to somebody, no one's going to believe it", she said.

"When asked if he would like to speak with police" ahead of his bail hearing later that day, "Smollett declined to answer questions", one of the reports says.

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