US President Donald Trump says he will have the FBI and the Justice Department review Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s case.
While it isn’t clear what can be done about the dropping of charges, the FBI has already been investigating whether he had any role in sending a threatening letter that was mailed to the studio where Empire is filmed, a week before the alleged assault.
The letter contained a white substance that was later determined to be acetaminophen, or Tylenol.
Police and prosecutors say Smollett paid two brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, $3,500 to stage an attack on Smollett near his apartment building in Chicago, which he was made to look like the victim of a vicious hate crime.
Meanwhile Smollett’s attorney Patrica Brown Holmes has issued a statement condemning the local authorities in Chicago for continued criticisms.
“We are disappointed the local authorities have continued their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped. The facts are clear. The Assistant State’s Attorney appeared in court and dismissed the charges. Mr. Smollett forfeited his bond. The case is closed. No public official has the right to violate Mr. Smollett’s due process rights.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described the dropping of charges as a whitewash of justice.
“It’s Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax. He’s still saying he’s innocent, still running down the Chicago Police Department. How dare he? How dare he?”
Source: USA Today