Taraji P. Henson Reacts To Jussie Smollett's Charges Being Dropped

Patricia Brown Holmes

Records show Cook County's top prosecutor asked Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate the alleged attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett before the actor was charged with lying to authorities.

"There are plenty of other cases ... over 5,700 that have gotten some type of alternative or deferred type of prosecution involving a dismissal at the end of the case", he said.

Emanuel said Smollett had "abused" the city of Chicago, a day after the actor walked out of court saying he had been vindicated in insisting he had not staged a racist assault against him in January.

Investigators in Jussie Smollett's case were already prepared for the "media frenzy" that would follow the two brothers who claimed the actor paid them to stage his attack.

Emanuel said, "Let's get to the bottom of this", adding that he wants the police records unsealed.

Just last week, the FOP sent a personal letter to John Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of IL, expressing concerns that Foxx, who had recused herself from the Smollett case, had tried to interfere with the Chicago Police Department investigation into Smollett on behalf of Tina Tchen, formerly the Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and a member of Smollet's family, possibly his sister, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, with whom Tchen had a close relationship.

Smollett maintained his innocence in the face of a damning public account from authorities' of their case against him.

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The decision to file a fresh set of charges against Jussie Smollett now rests in the hands of John Lausch, Chicago's US Attorney who was handpicked by President Trump. Magats also said that prosecutors needed to focus their time on violent crimes in Chicago.

Instead, the 32-year-old who plays Chicken on the hit Fox series wanted to focus on Smollett getting back to work. She said she recused herself from the case before Smollett was charged, and had no further contact with Smollett, his family, or anyone representing him after his arrest.

Smollett forfeited his $10,000 bond and performed recent community service with the Rainbow Push Coalition.

The charges included 16 felony counts related to his filing of a false police report and staging a hoax about a fake hate crime.

"I'm happy that the truth has finally been set free, because I knew it all along", she smiled. "We're all happy for him, and thank God the truth prevailed", Taraji told USA Today. "I know him and I know his track record. We were ready to fight the charges and they're the ones who voluntarily discontinued the matter, so I think that speaks volumes". Whatever happened to that? "I think that if he didn't have the money to pay for the lawyer. and if he wasn't a well-known person, I don't know that he would be sitting here right now in the position he's in".

In the past, Don Lemon has spoken highly of Jussie Smollett and even expressed his support directly after the reports of his alleged attack.

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