The Feds Are Reportedly Looking Into Jussie Smollett’s Charges Being Dropped – BuzzFeed News
The actor was charged in January by Chicago authorities who alleged he filed a fake police report claiming he was attacked by two men in a racist and homophobic ambush.
But the sudden decision by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on Tuesday to drop the case against Smollett has prompted both criticism and conspiracy theories about alleged political interference.
A former top aide to Michelle Obama has denied trying to influence the case after she reached out to State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in the early stages of the investigation and before any charges were filed. Foxx subsequently handed the case over to a deputy, but said Wednesday her office worked diligently on the case.
“Right now, there’s a lot of emotion,” Foxx told NPR. “And I wholeheartedly believe that in our work we cannot be driven by emotions. We have to be driven by facts.”
Speaking about the reported federal investigation on NBC’s Today, one of Smollett’s attorneys, Tina Glandian said, “We have nothing to be concerned about because there was nothing on our end to request this.”
“Nothing improper was done,” she added.