He was cleared of those charges on Thursday, but the case isn't yet closed, as FBI investigators are still investigating a letter Smollett claims to have received eight days before the "attack". When he was asked by CBS News if he believed Smollett was guilty, Magats simply answered, "yes".
There are also questions over text messages sent by Smollett's family friend and former Michelle Obama chief of staff, asking the state's attorney about the investigation. The contacts were cited by Foxx in recusing herself from the case on February 13, well before Smollett was charged.
The entire ordeal began on January 29 when Smollett told authorities that two men beat him up in Chicago while yelling a racist and homophobic diatribe and saying "this is MAGA country" as an ode to Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" mantra.
Foxx said in the Wednesday interview it was "an outcome that we could expect with this type of case". I have been truthful and consistent on every level since Day 1.
She says Smollett is a crime victim and "just wants his life back".
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On Tuesday, as part of a sealed deal, the IL state attorney's office dismissed 16 felony charges brought by a grand jury against the Trump-hating actor, who blamed phantom white MAGA supporters for a brutal racist "assault" that left him with a teensy-weensy scratch under his eye.
Multiple law enforcement officials told a local ABC News reporter Rob Elgas on Wednesday that they are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. However, he maintained his innocence and insisted he was attacked. To Chicagoans, to the rest of the country for that matter, it appears there was more to the decision to drop the charges and sandblast Smollett's record than what Foxx's office has disclosed so far. The Chicago lawyer also gave Foxx's number to a relative of Smollett's who was concerned about the Chicago police's handling of the investigation, and hoped to have the case handed over to the FBI. "I think if they believed the charges, they would never have dismissed the case".
The actor plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox TV show, which follows a black family as they navigate the ups and downs of the recording industry.
Not everyone is feeling that Smollett is being punished properly though - the actor will serve community service and surrendered his $10,000 bond. Smollett said that a late-night trip to a Subway restaurant in Chicago led to two men attacking him, putting a noose on him, and pouring on him a substance he believed to be bleach.
Finally, the police let the brothers go after arresting them.
And the White House visitor logs show Jurnee Smollett-Bell paid at least one personal visit to "POTUS/FLOTUS" in 2013.