Kamala Harris now 'completely confused' by Jussie Smollett case

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel right and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appear at a news conference in Chicago Tuesday

But she said Smollett had no idea who attacked him until the brothers were later identified by police.

The story of what happened to Smollett on that chilly night on January 29 has transfixed much of the nation for almost two months.

"The two men who attacked him have indicated that they attacked him, so we already know who attacked him", Holmes said.

He said the handling of the case, especially the decision to seal the details and keep them from the public, was "unprecedented".

The brothers whose interrogations led to charges that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett staged a phony racist and homophobic attack were given special treatment to avoid the media during their grand-jury appearances last month, according to Chicago police reports released Wednesday.

Police arrested the actor in February, accusing him of staging the attack on himself to advance his career. All that culminated in the surprise hearing Tuesday that shut the door on a case that intrigued the nation with its changing story lines. "So if we're using the justice system as available in Cook County, $10,000 is the max", she said.

Foxx explained to WGN News why her office dropped all 16 charges against Jussie Smollett.

No news about Smollett's future with the show has been discussed publicly at this time.

The Gateway Pundit reported there may have been outside influence on the case.

The case file has now been sealed, only adding to the confusion about exactly what happened and why.

Among those sure to keep pressing for answers is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "In America today, people of wealth and privilege can escape accountability for the same acts that mainstream Americans cannot", said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. "Jussie Smollett is neither one of those".

"When I know someone, there's nothing you can say to make me flip on them, and that's what we miss in this world". Yet, he also had choice words for the state's attorney's office, who had not warned him they were going to drop the charges. She said it was not the responsibility of the defense team to let them know. "The public took that information and treated it as if it were true", she said.

Chicago's police chief and mayor, both visibly angry, denounced the decision to drop the case and countered Smollett's insistence of his innocence. "We were angry that there isn't the focus on so many other crimes and people lives that are lost in Chicago". Tandra Simonton called it "a just disposition and appropriate resolution", but said it was not an exoneration. But prosecutors on Tuesday announced all the charges were dropped in return for Smollett's community service and forfeiture of $10,000.

He agreed to forfeit the bond and performed 16 hours of volunteer service Saturday and Monday for the Rainbow Push Coalition, which the Rev. Jesse Jackson founded. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result. The ensuing conversations were cited by Foxx in recusing herself from Smollett's prosecution.

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