Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson dismissed Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s latest insistence on his innocence and decried the prosecutors’ dismissal of criminal charges against the Empire actor as, in Emanuel’s words, “a whitewash.”
Emanuel lambasted Smollett as selfishly exploiting hate crime laws for his own personal gain. “He took those laws and turned them inside out and upside down,” Emanuel said, repeatedly reminding reporters that a grand jury heard the case and brought the charges against Smollett.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 26, 2019
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Jussie Smollett was “let off scot free, with no sense of accountability for the moral and ethical wrong of his actions” https://t.co/kNQqMavks3 pic.twitter.com/tPLBJZe7Sl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 26, 2019
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: “[Jussie Smollett] did this all in the name of self-promotion. He used the laws of the hate crime legislation that all of us have put on the books — to stand up for the values that embody what we believe in. This is a whitewash of justice.” pic.twitter.com/GEfyQQNU8w
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 26, 2019