Chicago PD launches internal probe over leaked information in Jussie Smollett case

Mar 28, 2019, 00:47
Chicago PD launches internal probe over leaked information in Jussie Smollett case

The Chicago Police Department has launched an internal probe into Jussie Smollett's case after information was leaked during the course of the investigation.

During the investigation, numerous pieces of information made their way into the media, and it's these leaks that have prompted the Chicago P.D.'s new investigation.

Multiple sources also confirmed to FOX 32's Rafer Weigel that while Smollett was being treated for cuts to his face and neck at Northwestern Memorial the day of the alleged attack, hospital employees began trying to access Smollett's medical records, a violation of federal law. "She's appealing and believes other [sic] may have been fired for simply scrolling past the name as well".

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The actor was arrested on February 21 and charged with filing a false police report after detectives said he staged the hoax hate crime attack to boost his fame because he was unhappy with his salary on the show. He has since been released on a $100,000 bond.

Jussie Smollett is not the only one in hot water over his alleged January Chicago attack.

Jussie is scheduled to appear in court March 14. They also allege that, prior to the attack, he sent himself a threatening letter, which did not receive the attention he had hoped it would. Prior to being officially accused of a staging a hoax, Smollett gave a televised interview where he expressed outrage at those who doubted his story.

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One of the nurses said it was a misunderstanding, and claimed she never even accessed Smollett's chart, but she was sacked last week and believes many other nurses and staffers were fired for the same reason.

Smollett has maintained that he is a victim and has denied all the allegations that he staged the incident.

A few weeks later, the worker was called to a meeting with her boss and a representative from human resources, the worker said. "While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out", show producers said in a statement following Smollett's arrest.

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