Police were told deal was in works with Jussie Smollett
Actor Jussie Smollett, center, leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after prosecutors dropped all charges against him on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:56PM EDT
CHICAGO -- New documents on the Jussie Smollett case show that prosecutors told Chicago police detectives that a possible deal with the "Empire" actor was in the works a month before charges against him were dropped.
The 460 pages released Thursday show detectives investigating Smollett's claim he was the victim of a hate crime were told by Cook County prosecutors a deal with Smollett could include a $10,000 fine and community service.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (gooh-YEHL'-meeh) says the detectives did not pass the information to superiors because they assumed a deal would include Smollett admitting to wrongdoing.
Smollett was charged with lying to police when reporting he'd been the victim of a January racist, anti-gay attack. Prosecutors dropped charges on March 26.
The mayor and police chief expressed outrage over the prosecutors' decision.