The Chicago Police Department has launched an internal investigation into officers probing actor Jussie Smollett's claim of being victim of a racial attack earlier this year , due to reports that the police had leaked information about the case while it was ongoing. However, TMZ reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the Chicago Police were "overstating" and "went too far" when they said Jussie sent a hateful January 22 letter to himself. A spokesperson stated, "When there are allegations of information being leaked, an internal investigation has been opened and we are also looking at our vulnerabilities".
This news comes on the heels of another investigation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where dozens of workers may have been terminated for "improperly reviewing the medical records" of the Empire actor, just so they could sneak a peak at his medical chart.
They said hospital bosses still fired them and that others received similar treatment.
The actor and singer is now out on $100,000 bond and is due back in court March 14 on a felony charge of disorderly conduct.
Jussie Smollett is not the only one in hot water over his alleged January Chicago attack.
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CBS Chicago reports that one of the nurses says it was a misunderstanding, as she never reviewed Smollett's chart; however she was sacked last week.
ET has learned that when Empire returns next Wednesday, March 13, Jussie Smollett will be appearing in the spring premiere episode. 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.
While the odds are seemingly stacked against Smollett, Latifah isn't the only star who has rallied their support for the actor. He has since been charged with staging the whole incident in what police believe was a "publicity stunt" to get a higher salary from for his role on the FOX Network show.
"The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us".
"We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have chose to remove the role of "Jamal" from the final two episodes of the season", the statement added.