Chicago mayor says dropping charges against Jussie Smollett 'a whitewash of justice'

March 26, 2019 - 11:14 am
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CHICAGO (1010 WINS) -- Charges against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett have been dropped -- and neither the police not the city's mayor are pleased. 

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The mayor and police chief blasted the decision and stood by the investigation that concluded Smollett staged a hoax. A visibility angry Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called it "a whitewash of justice" and lashed out at Smollett. He asked, "Is there no decency in this man?"

Emmanuel said the city saw its reputation "dragged through the mud" by Smollett's plan to promote his career. The hoax, the mayor said, could endanger other gay people who report hate crimes.

"Now this casts a shadow of whether they're telling the truth, and he did this all in the name of self-promotion," he said.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson stood by the department's investigation and said Chicago is "is still owed an apology."

"I've heard that they wanted their day in court with TV cameras so that America could know the truth. They chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system."

A publicist for Smollett's attorney issued a media alert on Tuesday morning for an emergency court appearance.

Addressing reporters outside of court, Smollett insisted that he had been telling the truth the entire time.

"I've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one," he said.

Smollett, 36, was out on bond after allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming to be the victim of a hate crime.

The openly gay, African American actor claimed he was walking from a Subway sandwich shop to his apartment at 2 a.m. when he was attacked by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs along with the phrase 'this is MAGA country.' The men allegedly left a noose around his neck.

Police investigated the incident as a hate crime, but focus later turned to Smollett who was accused of paying two brothers to stage the attack.

Smollett's lawyer called his client a victim who was villified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public, causing a rush to judgement.

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