UPDATE: FBI Reviewing Circumstances into Charges against Jussie Smollett Being Dropped

March 27, 2019 - 4:40 pm

"Two law enforcement officials briefed on the matter tell ABC the FBI is reviewing circumstances surrounding dismissal of criminal charges against Jussie Smollett. ABC News is told this is not an investigation. It is a "review" or "inquiry," according to a tweet by ABC7 Chicago reporter Rob Elgas.

Meanwhile, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx is defending the decision by her staff to drop charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett that he stage a racist, anti-gay attack.

Foxx told CBS 2 TV Wednesday she believed the matter was handled properly for a case of its kind. She pointed to Smollett forfeiting his $10,000 bond and doing community service.

Prosecutors dismissed all charges but still maintained Smollett lied about being attacked. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called the dropping of charges "a whitewash."

Foxx said in the Wednesday interview it was "an outcome that we could expect with this type of case."

Felony charges may have been dropped against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, but experts say he faces an uphill climb to get his career back on track.

Smollett's biggest role is on "Empire," which had cut him out of the its final two episodes this season after his arrest on 16 felony counts related to making a false police report that he was assaulted by two men in downtown Chicago in January.

The 36-year-old maintains that he is the victim of a vicious attack, but Chicago's mayor and police chief say they believe it was orchestrated as a publicity stunt.

Crisis management expert Eric Rose says while most people probably don't think the actor is innocent, Smollett can still fix his image by being honest.

-AP and KNX 1070