Police in Chicago have reportedly opened an internal investigation in connection with the case involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, whose report of an apparent hate crime in January later came into question.
The AP reports that the probe is aimed at determining the source of information that was leaked anonymously to the media while police were investigating Smollett’s claim that he was attacked on Jan. 29.
“Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the investigation began after Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct last month,” the AP reports, adding: “Investigators say Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself with two men’s help and made a false police report.”
The report adds: “Guglielmi says no alleged leakers have been identified so far. He says no officers or staff members with the department have been disciplined for releasing information about the case.”