Chicago prosecutor open to investigation into Smollett case

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A grand jury indicted him on 16 counts of disorderly conduct, but in a surprise move, Cook County prosecutors agreed to drop those charges in exchange for community service and forfeiting his bond. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times this week, Jackson dismissed criticism over his involvement in the Smollett case, stating "reach out to people who are in distress" has always been a part of his group's mission.

She said she would "prefer" records detailing those aspects "be made public", but because Smollett successfully requested the case be sealed her "office is barred from releasing" them.

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Police maintain that Smollett staged the attack to promote his career, and Chicago officials have ordered him to pay more than $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation. "It is an embarrassment to our nation!"

Smollett's attorney said Thursday she's not anxious about a possible federal probe.

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"I just hope he gets the help he needs", Oh said. Foxx recently wrote an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune where she explains her decision to drop the charges against Smollett, claiming that she never actually exonerated him or found him guilty. "In determining whether or not to pursue charges, prosecutors are required to balance the severity of the crime against the likelihood of securing a conviction". State prosecutor Joe Magats made the decision to drop the charges. According to TMZ, if Smollett does not deliver the money in seven days, Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to file a civil suit - a process that could end in the star turning over his Empire salary and losing his role on the show. She wrote that similar offenses are typically resolved outside of court.

Smollett has spoken about the matter briefly since Tuesday saying he was "100 percent consistent" in his story."I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain", Smollett said to supporters as he left the cook county courthouse. "All the people I was told were bad guys all got away with it, Donald Trump, Jussie Smollett and worst of all, Duke", co-host Colin Jost said.

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