Trump calls Jussie Smollett case 'embarrassment,' announces review

Trump calls Jussie Smollett case 'embarrassment,' announces review

Trump calls Jussie Smollett case 'embarrassment,' announces review

Smollett had pleaded not guilty to the charges, and told reporters on Tuesday he had been "truthful and consistent" in maintaining his innocence.

There is another freaky twist in the Jussie Smollett case as the actor's attorney claims the two Nigerian brothers, who said they were paid by the actor to attack him, may have been dressed in white face.

The Empire star claimed he had been jumped by two masked white men, who shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him while he was being beaten up on January 29. They later said they believed the attack was staged by Smollett to bolster his profile and career.

As part of his off-the-books "deal" with the Cook County State's Attorney, however, Smollett has only ponied up $10,000 - the 10% surety he put down when he was bonded out of court on his first charge.

The public outcry forced State's Attorney Kim Foxx to say that the files must have been sealed "inadvertently" and that they would "probably" be unsealed.

Smollett, a gay black man, is an actor on the TV series "Empire".

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"The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department take seriously those who make false statements to the police, thereby diverting resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system", the letter said.

A lawyer for the city of Chicago said Thursday the city is seeking $130,00 from actor Jussie Smollett as restitution for the cost of the investigation he initiated. A letter from the city's legal department to Smollett and his attorneys said that figure covers overtime worked by more than two dozen detectives and officers who spent weeks looking into Smollett's claim.

"I'd like to remind everybody that a grand jury indicted this individual on only a piece of the evidence that police had collected", Emanuel said.

In a statement to ET on Thursday, Smollett's defense team said it was Smollett who was owed an apology.

On Tuesday, prosecutors suddenly dropped all charges against Smollett.

■ In an appearance on WGN Radio on Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, "President Trump, just sit this one out".

Meanwhile, Smollett's attorney, Patrica Brown Holmes, blasted the city's ongoing public complaints about the matter, calling it a "smear campaign".

Guthrie later asked about the conditions that led to the charges being dropped.

"In light of what he's been through the last two months, he's told me numerous times, 'I don't even care about what happened, I just wanna move on...,'" Glandian said.

In an interview with Good Morning America Wednesday, Emanuel said that Smollett is "making a fool of all of us", that the actor has "abused the city of Chicago", and turned the city's values "upside down and inside out".

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