Chicago's chief prosecutor on Friday requested the Cook County Inspector General to investigate how her office handled the Jussie Smollett case.
Kimberly Foxx called for the independent investigation after she filed a false police report just one week after he was charged with 16 crimes because of the sudden lifting of all charges against the "Empire" actors.
"The Former Attorney General, Inspector General (Patrick) Blanchard, has been conducting independent investigations for Cook County for over a decade, "Foxx said in a statement." It is of the utmost importance to me that the community and my office trust the community That is why I have invited an independent review of this matter, and I welcome this investigation and pledge my full cooperation and cooperation in my office while IG Blanchard carries out its review. "
The Cook County Inspector General's Office is a watchdog for the government of Cook County, the Ko rupture and fraud, waste, mismanagement, unlawful political discrimination and misconduct, "according to the OIIG website.
Smollett said he had been the victim of a hate crime when he told the police on January 29 that he had been beaten by two masked men in the police chic Streeterville neighborhood when he got food. The gay and black actor claimed that his attackers hurled racist and homophobic accusations before hitting him, wrapping a noose around his neck and dousing him with bleach.
But soon the police suspected that Smollett had suspected this invented the story.
Foxx rebelled from the racially charged case in February before Smollett was charged and handed it over to her deputy. At that time, a representative from her office said the refusal "was made to handle potential issues of impartiality based on familiarity with potential witnesses in the case."
However, it was suspected that Smollett might get a love deal after The Chicago Sun -Times reported that Tina Tchen, a Chicago lawyer and former First Lady chief of staff Michelle Obama, had Foxx days in touch with members of the Smollett family after telling the police about the alleged attack.
Foxx was on the defensive after the charges against Smollett were dropped. The decision was referred to as "whitewash" by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the local police force, the Fraternal Order of Police. He called on the Department of Justice to investigate Foxx's role in deciding not to pursue Smollett.
Foxx spokeswoman Tandra Simonton insisted that the Smollett case was treated no differently than the more than 5,700 other "Alternative Law Enforcement Cases" the Office has been dealing with for the past two years.
Later, Foxx himself said she had played no part in deciding to give up any of the charges, insisting that he did not receive any special treatment from her office.
Smollett had the same opportunity that anyone in Cook County who had a non-violent offense and the requisite background examination would receive, "Foxx told NBC Chicago. "I was not part of the charge decision."
Jussie Smollett demonstrators on the streets of Chicago