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

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

Rates for the Chicago South Loop Hotel are around $229 per night. Some names and addresses are redacted, but previous details that police released, as well as an unredacted mention of one of the brothers, make clear that the Osundairos are mentioned here.

Police paid for the hotel and the security. Also, "Assistance for food and incidentals were also provided" one report read.

After the Empire actor's case was dismissed with little explanation, McCauliffe wants a stronger message to be sent against Smollett, who had been accused of staging what he claimed was a racist, homophobic assault.

The Chicago police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, was similarly displeased.

Her office insists Smollett completing community service was part of the deal behind the charges being dropped but his team says it was not conditional.

Jussie Smollett claims two men beat him up and put a noose around his neck on 29 January.

He told a detective that at least one of the attackers was white, according to Chicago police.

Within days, police said the brothers were considered suspects in the attack. The contacts were cited by Foxx in recusing herself from the case on February 13, well before Smollett was charged. But investigators later said Smollett hired the two men to stage the attack to help him obtain a pay raise.

Emanuel said he would like to see records from the police investigation into the alleged attack made public.

Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx defended the decision to drop charges and to seal all records about the case. Smollett merely forfeited his $10,000 bond and completed 16 hours of community service. It also raised the question of why Smollett was not forced to admit any wrongdoing.

Glandian admitted that Smollett did speak with the brothers and she did not deny the existence of the check.

Text messages have shown that Foxx had tried to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take over the probe of Smollett's hate-crime claims, following her introduction to a relative of the actor by former first lady Michelle Obama's chief of staff, according to reports.

On Wednesday, another Smollett attorney, Tina Glandian, told "Good Morning America" that the two brothers were lying. The redacted report, released to the media under a freedom of information request, outlined the lengthy steps that had led to police charging Smollett. Unearthed evidence included receipts showing the brothers buying the rope used in the attack and a check Smollett gave them.

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