Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx defended her office's decision to dismiss charges against Jussie Smollett, claiming that the "Empire" star was not being treated particularly well.
"I've been wondering what that's really about over the past two weeks," Foxx said on Saturday in the Rainbow Push Coalition by Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. "As someone who has lived in this city [Chicago] the It is daunting for me in the projects of this city as the first African-American woman in this role … if we somehow go into these positions The goalposts are changing. "
She also said that she would stand for re-election would apply if their current term of office is completed.
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Foxx reportedly mentioned in her speech that she welcomed an independent investigation into her treatment of the case, saying that nearly 6,000 other "low-level defendants" received the same treatment with a delayed charge, adding that Smollett could be fined by law for a maximum of $ 1
Foxx leaned out of Smollett's case after talking with one of his relatives during the police investigation into whether the musician and actor staged a. Hat licks hate crimes against himself. Her office later stated that she had never formally withdrew formally from the case.
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Smollett's lawyer said his case was not. When she announced that the charges had been dropped against him, she was turned down by one deferred prosecution announced.
In January, Smollett told police that two masked men had attacked him, put a rope around his neck and doused him with bleach underground restaurant. The actor, who is black and openly gay, said the masked men beat him, made racist and homophobic comments, and roared, "This is MAGA country," before fleeing the scene.
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The Chicago Police Department, however, claimed that Smollett had two men, Abel and Ola Osundairo, by check for " Counterfeit attack "paid to exploit the pain and anger racism, to promote his career. "The brothers were allegedly caught in surveillance films buying the rope used for the staged" attack "on Smollett.
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The" Sum of my Music "was later arrested for allegedly false police reports and released on bail of $ 10,000." Smollett pleaded not guilty of 16 counts of disorderly behavior resulting from the alleged fraud. "All charges against Smollett were dropped at the end of March Lawyers have been claimed to be "almost unknown."
However, the star is not yet completely out of the woods, and the FBI is investigating whether Smollett himself threatened hate letter to the "Empire" set that may have left him a decade because of postal fraud could end up behind bars – a federal offense.
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The Smollett has maintained his innocence during the torture. His lawyers previously told Fox News that they "have witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the US legal system, and the presumption of innocence, a foundation in search of justice, was flouted at the expense of Mr. Smollett and Fumpt, especially the night before Mayor's Elections: Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who earnestly and solemnly upholds his innocence and is betrayed by a system that appears to be skipping due process and passing straight to sentencing. "
The Associated Press contributed to this report.