Two law enforcement officials confirmed that the FBI is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
All 16 felony disorderly conduct counts against Jussie Smollett for lying to police were dropped on Tuesday in exchange for community service and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond payment. A hearing Wednesday to expunge his criminal record has been delayed.
A spokesperson for the FBI’s Chicago office has declined to comment at this stage.
On Wednesday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx defended her office’s decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett, who staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself.
“I believe this is a just outcome based on the circumstances,” Foxx said.
Foxx said that the practice of dropping charges in exchange for community service and restitution is not uncommon for the Class 4 felonies that Smollett was charged with.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was furious with the decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett. He appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday morning to talk about the Smollett case.
The Chicago mayor said Smollett, “abused the city of Chicago” and the city, “embraced not only him as an actor, but more importantly the values of being whoever you are, whoever you love, whatever your background is you have a home here. He took that, turned it around and tried to self-promote himself. And the fact is he’s walking around with no sense of contrition, no sense of remorse and the fact is also the state’s attorney is saying he’s actually guilty of this hoax and he’s walking around saying, no, I’m innocent.”
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