Smollett's lawyers want focus put on brothers' role in 'attack'

The Empire actor was facing 16 felony disorderly conduct counts. Besides forfeiting his bond payment, Smollett also did community service, Magats said.

The news drew the wrath of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago's Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson.

"FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago".

20th Century and Fox Entertainment announced its support for Smollett, saying: "Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed". The actor claimed they'd shouted racial slurs and told him: "This is Maga country" - apparently a reference to Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan - as they beat him up.

On Wednesday, Foxx's office sought to defend its actions by compiling a list of other cases in which felony charges were dropped, according to CBS 2 Chicago, which cited an internal email.

Smollett's lawyer said the brothers had backed up the actor's version of events.

Smollett had been accused of faking a hate crime by paying two brothers to attack him.

Meantime, Smollett's attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, has accused the Chicago Police Department of running a "smear campaign" against her client.

Chicago police released a portion of their investigative reports on Wednesday, but said there will be no more information to come.

"The person who committed that hoax is walking around saying 'I'm innocent.' I would like a resolution in the sense of accountability and responsibility in the system, of who is right".

After the documents were made public, the police department was told that it was barred from releasing them by court order, CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.

"There was no attempt, whatsoever, to influence the outcome of this case", she said.

They do, however, shed light on investigators' interactions with the brothers investigators say participated in staging the attack.

The brother that was being interviewed "stated that indeed was the bottle he filled with bleach and poured on Smollett", one of the reports say. "They clearly could have proceeded with one count as they originally did in the felony complaint and then they chose to elevate this matter, to slice and dice this in every way possible and to charge him with 16 counts", she said.

"The problem is that if that ever does really happen to somebody, no one's going to believe it", she said.


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