(AllHipHop News) "Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," read a statement from Jussie Smollett's lawyers. Some legal experts believe those "leaks" from the Chicago Police Department could taint the felony disorderly conduct case against the Empire actor.
The CPD is now investigating how information about the case involving Smollett made its way to various media outlets without going through the proper channels. On several occasions, Chicago Police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi had to publicly deny reports that allegedly used police sources.
"When there are allegations of information being leaked, an internal investigation has been opened and we are also looking at our vulnerabilities," a spokesman told TMZ.
Smollett is accused of orchestrating a fake hate crime by paying Ola and Abel Osundairo to assault him. Initially, Smollett filed a police report claiming two Donald Trump supporters hit him, put a noose around his neck, and doused him with an unknown substance.
The 36-year-old entertainer maintains he did not make up the attack. Text messages between Smollett and the Osundairo brothers apparently suggest a $3500 check was for a 5-week training/nutrition plan not for the alleged hoax like Chicago investigators stated.
As a result of the conflicting accounts and an unusual amount of interaction with the press, the Chicago Police Department was criticized for how it handled the entire matter. The Smollett situation also placed a spotlight on the CPD's history of corruption and misconduct.
Selma and 13th director Ava DuVernay tweeted in February, "Despite the inconsistencies, I can’t blindly believe Chicago PD. The department that covered up shooting Laquan McDonald over a dozen times? That operated an off-site torture facility? That one? I’ll wait. Whatever the outcome, this won’t stop me from believing others. It can’t."