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Third Osundario Brother Speaks Out On Smollett Case

28 March 2019, 12:59 | Ivan Casey

Kim Foxx Never ‘Formally’ Recused Herself from Jussie Smollett Case

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel right and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appear at a news conference in Chicago Tuesday

The California senator made headlines immediately after Smollett came forward saying he had been attacked on the streets of Chicago on January 29 by two men.

Smollett's Empire costar Taraji P. Henson, on the other hand, is thrilled for Smollett over the dropped charges.

Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career.

On Tuesday, spectators were stunned to hear that Empire star Jussie Smollett had 16 felony charges against him dropped.

"If you want to say you're innocent of a situation, then you take your day in court".

Foxx explained to WGN News why her office dropped all 16 charges against Jussie Smollett.

Now people are wondering how and why the state stopped pursuing the case although Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie T. Johnson continues to maintain Smollett's guilt in no uncertain terms.

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With little explanation, authorities abandoned the criminal case after only five weeks.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was furious about the reversal, calling the decision to free Smollett and seal the records in his case a "whitewash."

"After reviewing all the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case", read the statement from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office obtained by PEOPLE.

Her statement following Tuesday's shock decision comes after Harris initially described the attack on Smollett as a "modern day lynching" in the immediate aftermath before later backtracking. She said the charges Smollett faced were unlikely to have led to a prison sentence if he had been convicted.

"They chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system", he said.

'I'm completely confused. I don't understand.

Tchen also passed Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx a phone number of one of Smollett's relatives, who she contacted, causing her to subsequently recuse herself from the investigation in February.

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In an interview with The Associated Press earlier this month, she said the brothers regretted their involvement.

"The police department is saying 'we had enough evidence, ' the prosecution is saying 'he's not exonerated, we believed in our case, ' and Jussie's saying 'I did nothing wrong I told the truth".

No news about Smollett's future with the show has been discussed publicly at this time.

The 36-year-old actor was written out of the final two episodes of "Empires" fifth season to "minimize disruption" to the set, but Fox hasn't yet announced whether he'll be back as Jamal Lyon for season six.

Smollett told police he was victim of a hate crime; his assailants says Smollett hired them to stage the incident, paying by check.

Smollett said he wanted "nothing more than to get back to work".

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