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

Smollett was involved in a almost two-month long investigation and was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct after Chicago police say he staged a racial and homophobic attack in the city in January. Smollett merely forfeited his $10,000 bond and completed 16 hours of community service.

On Tuesday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson also criticized the prosecutor's decision, saying it did not serve justice.

The Chicago police union is calling for a federal investigation of the Cook county state's attorney, Kim Foxx, "to determine the extent of her involvement with the Jussie Smollett case", according to CNN.

Smollett's family stood behind the actor in a statement issued to Newsweek Tuesday: "Our son and brother is an innocent man whose name and character has been unjustly smeared".

Since the charges were dropped, state prosecutor Joe Magats has spoken out on the case.

On Wednesday his attorney claimed the two brothers said to have attacked him - whom Smollett was accused of having conspired with - were lying about having coordinated the beating. "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.

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.

Authorities alleged that Smollett, who is black and gay, knew the men and arranged for them to pretend to attack him as a publicity stunt. Smollett said that masked attackers hit him and screamed "MAGA country" around 2 a.m. on a sub-zero morning in Chicago.

"The police department is saying 'We had enough evidence, ' the prosecution is saying, 'He's not exonerated, we believed in our case, ' and Jussie's saying, 'I did nothing wrong, I told the truth.' So what the heck happened?" she asked.

Tchen put one of Smollett's relatives in touch with Foxx.

Glandian, Smollett's lawyer, didn't rule out Smollett filing a lawsuit against Chicago police. "Let's get to the bottom of this", he said.

They do, however, shed light on investigators' interactions with the brothers investigators say participated in staging the attack. He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, and yesterday insisted, "I have been truthful and consistent on every level from day one".

  • Jacqueline Ellis