Investigation Sparked at Chicago PD Over Leaked Info in Jussie Smollet Case

Nora Nguyen
March 9, 2019

The Chicago Police Department has opened an investigation into news media leaks in the Jussie Smollett hoax case.

One of the unnamed nurses who was sacked, claims to CBS Chicago that she never herself even accessed Smollett's chart.

"When there are allegations of information being leaked, an internal investigation has been opened and we are also looking at our vulnerabilities", a spokesperson for the Chicago PD said.

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According to one nurse who was sacked following the incident, she never accessed Smollett's records, but merely scrolled past them as she was searching for another patient.

This former Northwestern nurse is speaking out because she said that those who fired her at the hospital never asked her any investigative questions.

In January, Smollett told police that he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a sandwich shop in the early morning on Jan. 29. The actor said the men yelled racial slurs at him and threatened his life while pouring an unknown substance on him.

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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.

No alleged leakers have so far been identified, Guglielmi said, and no CPD officers or staff have been disciplined for releasing information about the case.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference last month that police found the "check that [Smollett] used to pay [two brothers]" to fake the beating, adding he paid them $3,500 "for the two of them in total, and then $500 upon return". At the time, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi denied the reports, calling ABC7's sources "uninformed and inaccurate". The brothers also reportedly told the Grand Jury they were paid for the gym sessions - NOT for the "attack".

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She maintains that she was simply scrolling to look at another patient's name-not Smollett's, and that she may have been fired simply because of the scroll.

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