Chicago police open internal investigation to track down Jussie Smollett leaks
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Mar 09, 2019,
Mar 09, 2019, 1:12
The Chicago Police Department has started an internal investigation into how information about an alleged hate crime attack against actor Jussie Smollett was anonymously leaked to journalists, police officials said.
One nurse, who preferred to remain unnamed, claims it was a misunderstanding, and denies ever accessing Smollett's chart. The Chicago PD says there's been a ton of "inaccurate" information surfacing in the media surrounding Smollett's case and now, they're trying to crack down on who the culprit is.
In January, Smollett told police that he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a sandwich shop in the early morning on Jan. 29. Apparently, last Tuesday, she was called in at the end of her shift, was sacked on the spot, and was escorted out of the hospital.
According to one nurse who was sacked following the incident, she never accessed Smollett's records, but merely scrolled past them as she was searching for another patient.
Smollett told police that he was assaulted while out walking at 2 a.m. on January 29.
An employee in another department came to her desk and asked if Smollett been admitted under an alias, the worker said, adding that she didn't ask why the information was needed because she believed it to be a professional request. The actor's legal counsel told Fox News after Smollett was accused of filing the fake police report that the nation "witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system".
In February, Smollett was charged with a felony of disorderly conduct. The brothers also reportedly told the Grand Jury they were paid for the gym sessions - NOT for the "attack". They also alleged he paid Ola and Abel Osundairo - who worked on Empire - to assist.
That examination of vulnerabilities comes as the $100,000 bailed out Smollett is expected back in court later this month in a matter that could see him behind bars for up to three years if found guilty. And that's just the guy I know.
Smollett has maintained his innocence.