Chicago PD launches internal investigation into Jussie Smollett case

Kenny Tucker
March 9, 2019

"As a standard procedure when there are allegations of information being leaked, an internal investigation has been opened and we are also looking at our vulnerabilities". Authorities added at the time that prior to the attack, Smollett sent himself a threatening letter, which did not receive the attention he had hoped it would.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital has reportedly fired dozens of employees, who the administration may believe viewed Jussie Smollett's medical records improperly.

Edward Wodnicki, chief of detectives for CPD's Area Central, started the probe after disorderly conduct charges were filed against the actor in February after a almost month-long investigation that began when Smollett reported he had been attacked by two men in Streeterville early on January 29 who beat Smollett and shouted racial and homophobic slurs, CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

One nurse, who preferred to remain unnamed, claims it was a misunderstanding, and denies ever accessing Smollett's chart. The nurse says she was called in at the end of her shift last Tuesday, fired on the spot and escorted out of the hospital.

Sources said those workers have been terminated after gaining access to the "Empire" actor's medical chart. She said she was not asked any questions, and never had a chance to offer an explanation.

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Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson has previously defended the department's investigation into the attack and condemned Smollett after the actor was charged with filing a false police report.

According to TMZ, an internal investigation has been sparked at the Chicago Police Department over leaked information involving the Jussie Smollett case. The judge granted a $100,000 bail, and Smollett paid a $10,000 bond.

Jussie Smollett, pictured leaving county jail last week, maintains he is innocent and claims he was attacked by homophobic, racist assailants who shouted: 'This is MAGA country!' They also alleged he paid Ola and Abel Osundairo - who worked on Empire - to assist.

Smollett made headlines in January following reports that he'd survived an alleged hate crime attack.

Jussie has plead not guilty.

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