Police have previously said they believe Smollett resorted to carrying out the fake attack after the threatening letter he sent to himself at his Chicago Fox studio two weeks prior did not garner enough attention.
He said the handling of the case, especially the decision to seal the details and keep them from the public, was "unprecedented". He said his attackers doused him with an unknown chemical substance, place a thin rope around his neck, and shouted "This is MAGA country!" before fleeing.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Chicago "is still owed an apology".
Under then-US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, Lausch served as the Violent Crime Coordinator and led the office's Anti-Gang and Project Safe Neighborhoods programs.
Instead, the 32-year-old who plays Chicken on the hit Fox series wanted to focus on Smollett getting back to work.
Email and text messages given to the Chicago Sun-Times by Foxx show she made the effort after former first lady Michelle Obama's chief of staff Tina Tchen contacted Foxx to set up a telephone conversation with a Smollett relative.
"There are plenty of other cases ... over 5,700 that have gotten some type of alternative or deferred type of prosecution involving a dismissal at the end of the case", he said. We appeared in court and pled not guilty.
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The two brothers were initially drawn into the investigation after police released grainy images of two "persons of interest" in the area the night of the attack.
The brothers and their attorney were moved covertly out of the building and taken to a restaurant before they were returned to the Chicago South Loop Hotel where they were staying "until the media frenzy subsided".
On Feb. 20, the day the brothers were supposed to testify before a grand jury, their attorney parked at a police station at 51 and Wentworth and was driven by the police to Sox Park, where she got into another vehicle with detectives and her clients.
A grand jury reviewed the evidence and indicted Smollett on 16 charges.
Smollett was charged with 16 counts related to making a false report that he had been assaulted. The brothers' attorney, Gloria Schmidt, said then that the brothers did not testify as part of any plea deal with prosecutors and that they were not granted any immunity from prosecution.
She continued, "We should absolutely believe victims".
Police said Smollett paid $3,500 to the two men, both of whom are black. "I don't think they would have allowed anyone political to reach out to them". "He's asking for this", she said.
But Smollett's lawyers claimed there was no such agreement, and that the actor was the victim of a rush to judgment.