‘The View’ unloads on decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett

Trump Slams Jussie Smollett Case After Charges Dropped: 'An Embarrassment'

The actor claimed they'd shouted racial slurs and told him: "This is Maga country" - apparently a reference to Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan - as they beat him up.

Smollett, 36, an African American and gay who is a cast member of the hip-hop drama "Empire", allegedly paid two men 3,500 USA dollars to stage an attack on him in downtown Chicago on the early morning of January 29.

She acknowledged that Smollett was friendly with the men he accused of attacking him, brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, and that he had spoken on the phone to one of them, who had been working as his fitness trainer, about an hour before the incident.

It seems so. Fox Entertainment, which produces Empire said: "Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed".

However, prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois on Tuesday dropped all charges against the actor following a surprise court hearing.

President Trump described the entire case as an "embarrassment to our nation" in a tweet on Thursday and has demanded a full investigation into it.

"The police are right now finalizing the cost that was used, police resources to come to the understanding this was a hoax and not a real hate crime", Emanuel said. As for precisely how much the Chicago Police Department's investigation into Smollett's allegedly faked attack cost the city, THR suggests that it may be as high as "six figures".

Emanuel is a frequent critic of the president, who said this week he'd have federal authorities look into the tangled Smollett case.

He's still saying he's innocent, still running down the Chicago Police Department. She declined to provide details at the time.

At both the federal and state level, prosecutors are widely free to pursue cases as they see fit.

Some experts say the actor definitely got special treatment.

"The court file was not supposed to be sealed".

Foxx recused herself from the case after acknowledging she had discussed it with a relative of Smollett.

In a series of interviews on Wednesday, she said that what had been agreed between his team and hers was what is known as "alternative prosecution" whereby a defendant agrees to a certain set of term and has the case dropped in exchange.

The Cook County State Attorney's office issued a statement on the matter, saying: "After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case".

She said, "I personally don't buy it".

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