Flashback: Former Michelle Obama Aide Pressured Prosecutor to Give Smollett Case to FBI

Attorneys for Empire actor Jussie Smollett said Tuesday morning that charges alleging he filed a false report with Chicago police regarding a hate crime against himself have been dropped. The development follows reports that Cook County, Illinois’s top prosecutor lobbied the Chicago Police Department to hand off the Smollett case to the FBI amid pressure by an ex-aide to former first lady Michelle Obama.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Times Up Legal Defence Fund, Tina Tchen speaks onstage during the New York Women's Foundation's 2018 'Celebrating Women' breakfast on May 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The New York Women's Foundation )