Queen Latifah Speaks Up For Jussie Smollett

Queen Latifah Speaks Up For Jussie Smollett

Queen Latifah Speaks Up For Jussie Smollett

According to TMZ, an internal investigation has been sparked at the Chicago Police Department over leaked information involving the Jussie Smollett case. However, TMZ reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the Chicago Police were "overstating" and "went too far" when they said Jussie sent a hateful January 22 letter to himself.

He said an internal investigation had begun as part of standard procedure for allegations of information leaks.

The new development comes just hours after news broke that dozens of hospital workers in Chicago were reportedly fired for improperly handling Smollett's medical records. That same nurse believes others, like her, were fired for the same reason. She says she never accessed the actor's chart but simply scrolled past it when looking for another patient's name.

Smollett is charged with disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony after police said he filed a false report. He was later released on $100,000 bond.

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Several local media outlets, including ABC7 and CBS Chicago, reported on February 14 that police believed the "Empire" actor had faked the January 29 hate attack, citing law enforcement sources. Authorities added at the time that prior to the attack, Smollett sent himself a threatening letter, which did not receive the attention he had hoped it would. Prior to being officially accused of a staging a hoax, Smollett gave a televised interview where he expressed outrage at those who doubted his story.

After his arrest, Smollett's legal team fiercely proclaimed his innocence, writing in a statement: "Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system".

Smollett had claimed that, as he was walking home from a Subway, the popular chain located at E. Lower North Water Street in Chicago, two people yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, and proceeded to beat him up. "While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out". Though he initially returned to the set of "Empire" to continue filming the series, his role has since been cut.

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