Chicago Police Open Internal Investigation Over Jussie Smollett Case Leaks
"I would like to point out that a lot of the information out there was inaccurate and there were numerous agencies involved in this investigation," department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says.
Chicago police have opened an internal investigation to determine who leaked information about the Jussie Smollett case, the department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.
"I would like to point out that a lot of the information out there was inaccurate and there were numerous agencies involved in this investigation," Sgt. Rocco Alioto said in a statement to THR. "As a standard procedure when there are allegations of information being leaked, an internal investigation has been opened and we are also looking at our vulnerabilities."
The actor reported in late January that he had been viciously attacked by two men who yelled pro-Trump remarks mixed with racist and homophobic language.
Chicago detectives later determined that that Empire actor allegedly set up the highly publicized attack to further his career. Smollett was subsequently arrested and charged with a felony in the case. Smollett and his attorneys deny the actor has anything to do with the assault other than being the victim of a hate crime.
According to police, two brothers helped Smollett orchestrate the faux assault and are now working with detectives to build the department's case against the actor.
Smollett did one interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts after the assault report but has since gone off the radar, only speaking through his attorneys.
The actor is out on a $100,000 bail and due back in court on March 14.