Chicago police looking for source of leaks in Smollett case


Information leaks in the Jussie Smollett case has the Chicago Police Department investigating itself.

"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.

According to CBS Chicago, a nurse, who remains anonymous, said that she was sacked from Northwestern Memorial Hospital last Tuesday for simply scrolling past the actor's chart without actually accessing it. Apparently, last Tuesday, she was called in at the end of her shift, was sacked on the spot, and was escorted out of the hospital.

Reportedly, the staffers got in trouble for improperly reviewing the actor's medical records, specifically for gaining access to his medical chart.

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Smollett's attorney has previously slammed the police department over its investigation and claimed the leaks were an attempt to skewer the Empire actor.

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.

Jussie Smollett is not the only one in hot water over his alleged January Chicago attack. That same nurse believes others, like her, were fired for the same reason.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the investigation began after Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct last month. The actor was released after posting 10 percent of his $100,000 bond.

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He said the attack "was staged, the brothers had on gloves during the (air quotes) "staged attack" where they punched him a little, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on [Smollett's] face was most likely self-inflicted".

Chicago police called Smollett's allegedly staged attack a "publicity stunt", and expressed outrage that he had staged the attack because he was upset with his salary.

Smollett has maintained his innocence.

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