(NATSOT)(ENGLISH) CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL SAYING, SAYING: “I would like a resolution, and then a sense of accountability and responsibility in this system of who is right!” A day after all charges were abruptly dropped in the Jussie Smollett case where the ‘Empire’ star was accused of staging a hate crime against himself.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Wednesday to get to the bottom of what happened.
Many want to know – especially after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said it stood by its accusation against Smollett but was dropping all charges anyway, saying justice had already been done.
(SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL SAYING, SAYING: “You have an individual, and they say that because of his community service and the $10.000, he was actually responsible for the hoax of a hate crime.
He is walking around saying he is a victim and that he’s been exonerated...one of those is right!” In January, Smollett said he was beaten by masked supporters of President Trump, who he also said put a noose around his neck and poured a chemical on him while shouting racist and homophobic slurs.
But after an investigation, Chicago Police concluded Smollett’s story was a hoax.
(SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT SUPERINTENDENT EDDIE JOHNSON, SAYING: "Why would anybody, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations." The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday released what it said were all its records from the case totaling 61 pages, including summaries of interviews with the Osundairo brothers who said Smollett gave them a $3,500 check and $100 in cash to buy the rope, ski masks, gloves and red baseball caps used in the attack.
With the charges now dropped – Smollett’s lawyers said he hopes to move on with his acting career, but it remains unclear whether he will return to “Empire” after being written out of the last two episodes of the most recent season.