Chicago PD launches internal probe over leaked information in Jussie Smollett case

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A rep for the Chicago PD told TMZ the Chief Of Detectives opened an investigation due to concerns surrounding the police department was leaking information to the public.

One of the nurses said it was a misunderstanding, and claimed she never even accessed Smollett's chart, but she was sacked last week and believes many other nurses and staffers were fired for the same reason. He has since been charged with staging the whole incident in what police believe was a "publicity stunt" to get a higher salary from for his role on the FOX Network show. The Chicago PD says there's been a ton of "inaccurate" information surfacing in the media surrounding Smollett's case and now, they're trying to crack down on who the culprit is.

Police say Smollett, who is black and gay, claimed two men hurled slurs and looped a rope around his neck on January 29, 2019, in downtown Chicago.

The nurse claims she that at the end of her shift last Tuesday, she was called in by her employers and unceremoniously terminated on the spot, then escorted out of the building, without ever being provided an opportunity to defend herself. She said she never accessed the actor's chart, but simply scrolled past it when looking for another patient's name. She's appealing her dismissal and is speaking out because she fears others may have been overzealously fired over the same misunderstanding. No explanation was asked from her either. TMZ was first to report the news.

Smollett had gotten into hot water back on January 29, when he'd been rushed to Northwestern Hospital for treatment of wounds.

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Smollett was arrested on February 21 after being charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report in which he claimed he was the victim of a crime. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. They also alleged he paid Ola and Abel Osundairo - who worked on Empire - to assist.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson may have also gone too far when he said Jussie paid the brothers $3,500 to stage the attack.

When Smollett wrote the alleged check for $3500 days before the "attack", the memo line allegedly read, "5 weeks training nutrition plan". "That's just the guy I know".

While the odds are seemingly stacked against Smollett, Latifah isn't the only star who has rallied their support for the actor.