To recap, FOX 32's source says the prosecution had a weak case - the check, the idea that Smollett wanted to gain some attention, and that he wanted more money from "Empire". Magats has said that he does not believe Smollett is innocent and Chicago police say he faked the attack. As Smollett's story began to unravel the president changed his tone.
"I'm confident that they did not do a hate crime", Schmidt said.
Smollett said two masked men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs, poured bleach on him, beat him and looped a rope around his neck. Police investigated the case as if Smollett was the victim, then came upon evidence that led them to believe Smollett had staged the attack.
Fox Business host Stuart Varney opened his Tuesday segment declaring "the influence and power of liberal elites" was on full display in Chicago this week as IL prosecutors waived 16 charges against the Empire star.
Police said Smollett paid $3,500 to the two men, both of whom are black.
- A source outside the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is offering up some reasons why the state's attorney's office may have felt they didn't have a strong enough case against Jussie Smollett. After the charges were dropped, the attorney said via a publicist she no longer represents the brothers as trial witnesses in the criminal matter.
She added to CBS that Smollett having to forfeit his $10,000 bail and performing 16 hours of community service was "an outcome that we could expect with this type of case". But make no mistakes, I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere. The actor told reporters Tuesday that he had "been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one". "He's the luckiest man in the world for not going to jail", Wendy, who declared Smollett as guilty since the start of his legal situation, said.
"There is a sense here that you have one rule applying to an individual because he is an actor, somebody with certain amount of status that is being treated differently", Emmanuel said.
On Wednesday, another Smollett attorney, Tina Glandian, told "Good Morning America" that the two brothers were lying. While authorities were careful to say that he was "not exonerated", and several high-profile figures spoke out about the injustice of the situation, Smollett has continued to proclaim his innocence.