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Chicago police on Wednesday released the investigative file involving the alleged hate crime hoax by "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.

It follows an angry response to the dropping of all charges against Smollett, who was accused of staging a hate crime against himself.

An organization that represents about 2,700 prosecutors' offices around the country is slamming Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago for her actions in the Jussie Smollett case. Denying the claims of fraud, he maintained that on January 29, two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a rope around his neck before yelling, "This is MAGA country" (a blunt reference to Trump's campaign slogan "Make American Great Again").

"This is a person now who's been let off scot-free with no sense of accountability", Emanuel said.

Foxx later recused herself from the investigation.

Charlie De Mar also shared a statement he says is from Jussie's defence team, saying the mayor of Chicago and the city's police chief owe him an apology.

The city of Chicago is seeking $130,000 for money expended on the investigation in Jussie Smollett's attack case.

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The actor has maintained his innocence, and insists that the attack really did occur. The case was handed to First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats.

Instead, she accused Chicago cops of bungling the initial investigation into the Osundairo brothers, because they very well could have posed as white men to try and get away with the attack on Smollett, who had only seen what he thought was "white or pale skin" through the eye holes of his attackers' ski masks.

The city of Chicago reportedly sent a letter to Smollett through his attorneys on Thursday, demanding he pay 130,106 USA dollars "expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter", according to the Chicago Tribune.

Shortly before Smollett was charged in February, detectives arranged to have two brothers who had allegedly been hired to attack the actor appear before the grand jury at the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th Street and California Avenue.

If the case had gone to trial, Foxx said, Smollett never would have received a prison term because the 16 charges were the lowest possible form of felony. Foxx told the Sun-Times the relative expressed concerns over leaked information that media outlets attributed to "police sources".

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called the result a "whitewash of justice". Prosecutors dropped the charges on Tuesday, saying they stood by the accusation but that an agreement by Smollett to forfeit his $10,000 bond was a just outcome. "I just thought it was odd from day one".

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