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FBI Reviewing Circumstances Of Jussie Smollett's Charges Being Dropped

The FBI is currently reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Empire star Jussie Smollett's sixteen counts of felony disorderly conduct charges.

Two law enforcement officials confirmed the news yesterday (Mar. 27), notes ABC 7 Chicago.

On Tuesday (Mar. 26), Smollett's charges were dropped in exchange for community service and forfeiture of the actor's $10,000 bond payment.

The actor was charged for allegedly lying to the police about an alleged hate crime attack that involved two masked men.

Yesterday, Smollett's hearing to expunge his record was postponed.

The Chicago Police Department released the investigative file records of the case in response to a Freedom of Information Act request yesterday.

Anthony Guglielmi on Twitter

Earlier today, CPD began responding to document requests in reference to the closed case of Mr. Smollett. We were then advised of a court order prohibiting such release & this afternoon, we received the formal directive which stipulates that no further records can be released.

According to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, CPD didn't realize that the records were part of a judge's order from Tuesday to seal all criminal records related to the case.

CPD stopped the release of other documents once they realized that the records were part of the judge's order to seal.

Yesterday (Mar.27), Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx stood by her office's decision to drop all charges against the actor-singer.

"I believe this is a just outcome based on the circumstances," Foxx said.

The state attorney said that it's not uncommon for charges to be dropped in exchange for community service and restitution in Class 4 felonies.

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