Jussie Smollett Attorney Defends Shifting Story: Maybe His Black Attackers Wore ‘Whiteface’

Oscar Cross
March 29, 2019

NBC's Savannah Guthrie asked attorney Tina Glandian about President Donald Trump's suggestion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ will review her client's case after prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett, who was accused of staging his own assault.

Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all of the charges against Smollett, who was accused of lying to police about being the victim of a homophobic and racist attack in downtown Chicago on January 29.

Actor Jussie Smollet, right, stands with his attorney Tina Glandian before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Chicago.

In an elaborate hoax, the actor claimed that masked men shouted racial abuse at him and put a noose around his neck while shouting pro-Trump slogans.

As we know, the Empire actor has had all charges against him dropped but that doesn't mean he's free of any expenses, according to the city of Chicago.

Foxx recused herself from the case after acknowledging she had discussed it with a relative of Smollett.

A police investigation found that Smollett paid brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to stage a hate attack against himself on January 29.

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"Ultimately, the Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your own attack", the letter from the city stated.

Smollett's legal team fired back that it was the Chicago officials who should pony up - a mea culpa to the actor, who has consistently denied that he fabricated the claims.

Martin said he handles thousands of expungement requests each year and said it typically takes more seven to eight months for him to make a ruling, and that the law allows 60 days for interested parties to protest the expungement. He appeared blindsided by the decision and visibly angry during a Tuesday press conference, calling it "a whitewash of justice".

In a statement to ET on Thursday, Smollett's defense team said it was Smollett who was owed an apology. Emanuel added. "You can not have, because of a person's position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else".

"The city is not committing to any future legal actions at this time, however we have a lengthy and successful track record of recovering costs under this ordinance", said McCaffrey, who also cited as precedent the case of Dr. Gary Hunninghake.

Smollett's attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, has accused officials of running a "smear campaign" against her client.

Smollett's attorneys are still maintaining his innocence.

"He did tell police that he. from what we saw, he thought it was pale skin or white or pale skin, was I think what he said".

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