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

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The Chicago Police Department is now under investigation in relation to the Jussie Smollett attack.

"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", said Sergeant Rocco Alioto with the Chicago PD Office of Communications.

"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.

In other news involving the case, dozens of staffers were also fired from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for accessing Jussie's medical records without permission.

Sources said those workers have been terminated after gaining access to the "Empire" actor's medical chart.

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

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

On January 29, Smollett claimed he was walking home from a Subway restaurant when two offenders yelled racial and homophobic slurs, and then attacked him.

By Feb. 21, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false report. The actor was released after posting 10 percent of his $100,000 bond.

Smollett himself was later arrested, after Chicago police determined that the incident was a hoax that Smollett allegedly orchestrated. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson held a press conference on February 21 calling Smollett's conduct "despicable". Prior to being officially accused of a staging a hoax, Smollett gave a televised interview where he expressed outrage at those who doubted his story.

While the odds are seemingly stacked against Smollett, Latifah isn't the only star who has rallied their support for the actor. 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.

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