The Chicago Police Department claimed Nigerian-American brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo told them the attack was orchestrated by the "Empire" actor and that they were paid $3,500. A spokesperson stated, "When there are allegations of information being leaked, an internal investigation has been opened and we are also looking at our vulnerabilities".
Jussie Smollett remains a sore spot for the city of Chicago, following the termination of dozens of Northwestern Memorial Hospital employees who are accused of having gained unauthorized access to the actor's medical records during his treatment at the hospital.
Smollett claimed he was the victim of a hate crime outside his Chicago apartment, in January telling police officers two white men beat him up and tied a noose around his neck while yelling homophobic and racial slurs.
The workers were terminated for gaining access to the actor's medical chart when he visited the hospital's emergency room.
One of the nurses said it was a misunderstanding, and claimed she never even accessed Smollett's chart, but she was sacked last week and believes many other nurses and staffers were fired for the same reason.
This former Northwestern nurse is speaking out because she said that those who fired her at the hospital never asked her any investigative questions.
The day Smollett was at the hospital, his arrival and the alleged attack were all over the news, the worker said.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the investigation began after Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct last month. After turning himself in, a judge set Smollett's bond for $100,000 and he was released from jail.
Guglielmi says no alleged leakers have been identified so far.
"Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing".