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April 08, 2019

Former Michelle Obama Aide Reveals Why She Reached out to Jussie Smollett's Prosecutor

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Michelle Obama's former Chief of Staff explains why she decided to call the prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case weeks before a grand jury indicted the actor on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for making false reports on his "attack."

Tina Tchen worked as Obama's Chief of Staff back in the White House and now leads the Southern Poverty Law Center. She texted Cook County State's Attorney, Kim Foxx, during the time the investigation was on-going. 

This conversation raised questions as Tchen considers herself a "family friend" of the Smolletts. However, Tchen decided to make things clear in a statement to People. 



 “I know members of the Smollett family based on prior work together. Shortly after Mr. Smollett reported he was attacked, as a family friend, I contacted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who I also know from prior work together.”

Pulling strings?

A day after the charges were dropped against Smollett, she said that she had nothing to do with that decision, as she was only there to connect both Foxx and Smollett together. 


“My sole activity was to put the chief prosecutor in the case in touch with an alleged victim’s family who had concerns about how the investigation was being characterized in public.”

Smollett vs. The City of Chicago

After refusing to pay for the $130,000 fee that Chicago was asking for due to their expenses during the attack investigation, they are pushing through with a civil case against Smollett. 


Seven days after Jussie and his team's constant refusal to pay for $130,000, the City of Chicago filed a civil lawsuit against the actor for orchestrating his own attack. 

"Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019. The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett's L.A. based legal team."

Unfortunately for the "Empire" actor, the city can now request for three times more the $130,000 that they initially asked for. Throughout the suit, the goal of the city is to prove that Jussie orchestrated his own attack, which would then put him on another trial before an administrative law judge.