Jussie Smollett: Stop 'campaign' against Empire star, lawyer says

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The deal included a $5,145 payment to help stage the attack, which Smollett hoped would help promote his career, police said.

In a letter signed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's senior legal adviser Edward Siskel and addressed directly to Smollett, the city claims Smollett's "false statements" led to police "diverting resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system". But those charges were suddenly droppedafter the actor forfeited his bail money and did community service. His attorneys maintain the same narrative, reminding skeptics that the attackers were disguised when they pulled off the attack. Tchen released a statement saying she was a friend of Smollett's family and knew Foxx "from prior work together". "We should all allow Mr Smollett to move on with his life as a free citizen". "He has cost Chicago a lot more than a $10,000 bond". Foxx told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday she regretted dealing with the Smollett relative in the investigation's early phases.

A spokeswoman for State's Attorney Kim Foxx said Wednesday the office believed that only records of Smollett's arrest were to be sealed, under an order granted at Tuesday's hearing. Chicago police detained the brothers in mid-February at O'Hare International Airport after the returned from Nigeria, they were questioned and their apartment in Chicago was searched.

Smollett's attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, said no one did them any favors and no political calls were made on their behalf.

"We are disappointed the local authorities have continued their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped".

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Postal fraud is a federal crime and Chicago police told the Telegraph the FBI was investigating who was behind the letter. Foxx's decision to recuse herself shouldn't hold much water for anyone because the person who took over for her was undoubtedly clear on how their boss felt about the situation.

Chicago officials said they were planning to send actor Jussie Smollett a bill for the cost of the investigation into claims that he was a victim of a "hate crime".

Police met with the men at the hotel, stopped at restaurants to get meals for them and drove the pair and their attorney to court, taking them into the courthouse through a back entrance to avoid the media, according to the reports.

"This has been an incredibly hard time - honestly one of the worst of my entire life, but I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this". "And so if we can get to the same outcomes, if we get to the same measures of justice without going through the court process, we do that".