R. Kelly Case Prosecutor Feels Pressure After Jussie Smollett Decision

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Police said at a press conference they believed Smollett paid $3,500 to orchestrate the "bogus" attack because he was unhappy with his Empire salary, though a source denied any dissatisfaction with money to PEOPLE. "I know what you're thinking, but it's not that".

MacDonald, whose sign read "Justice for sale in Crook County", said he has been in law enforcement for 35 years is disappointed with how Foxx is running the office, especially how she handled the Smollett case.

"What a waste of light skin", Rock said. At one point he tells his manager, "Don't worry, I got some hits in, too". From now on I ain't never gonna (say) no Jussie - you're a Jessie from now on.

Smollett made national headlines week ago when he was arrested for allegedly perpetrating a fake hate crime and filing phony police reports in the immediate aftermath. Smollett has maintained his innocence and said he has been "truthful and consistent" since the saga began.

"I don't understand why the prosecutors could not explain why they did what they did".

Smollett lost the NAACP Image Award to "Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams. Before entering his plea, his character was pulled in February from the final two episodes of Empire Season 5, where he played Jamal Lyon. "That makes no sense that the 85% of murderers in the city of Chicago are roaming free, and they're not talking about what the detective division in the police department should be doing, rather Kim Foxx not prosecuting a low-level felony that wouldn't provide any jail time for him anyway".

Foxx's office will now be handling the prosecution of Kelly, who has been charged with 10 counts of sexual misconduct. Smollett said the assailants placed a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him, according to police.

All 16 charges against Smollett were dropped in Cook County last week, which is not exactly a win for the State's Attorney. They made a decision to bring those charges and they made a decision to make those charges public, then they need to describe why they chose to go the other way. Groups including the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression staged a counterprotest at the same location in response to the FOP's demonstration.

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