As the case surrounding Jussie Smollett's alleged attack continues, more news has surfaced. According to CBS Chicago, dozens of workers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Smollett was treated after the incident, have been terminated. These employees, which included nurses and other staffers, were fired for improperly reviewing Smollett's medical records, sources say.
One nurse told CBS that she was fired on the spot at the end of her shift last week. Afterwards she was escorted from the hospital and never was able to provide an explanation for what had occured. According to her, she never actually looked at Smollett's chart but only scrolled past it in search of someone else.
The hospital did not respond to the reports.
In addition, the Chicago police department has launched an internal investigation spurred by the numerous alleged leaks, attributed to the department over the span of the investigation. "I would like to point out that a lot of the information out there was inaccurate and there were numerous agencies involved in this investigation," Sergeant Rocco Alioto of the department told ET in a statement. "As a standard procedure when there are allegations of information being leaked, an internal investigation has been opened and we are also looking at our vulnerabilities."
The case is currently being treated as a hoax, and Smollet has been charged for filing a false report. The singer-actor maintains his innocence and is out on a $100,000 bail, presumably mounting his defense. He has also been cut from episodes of Empire, a show on which he stars, as a result of the scandal. In a recent interview on Good Morning America, the police department said they have more evidence that has yet to be revealed, but that Smollett retains the presumption of innocence.
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