Published On: Sun, Mar 10th, 2019

Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital fires staff linked to leaking Jussie Smollett’s records

Several employees at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago have been fired for accessing Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s hospital records, violating the institution’s rules.

CBS Chicago and other media are reporting that “dozens” of workers might have been fired for just looking at the records without authorization.

Jussie Smollett faces numerous felonies over fake hate crime

At this point, the hospital has declined comment, but reports indicate that some of the workers claim they simply scrolled past the records and didn’t view them.

Smollett was treated on Jan. 29 in the Northwestern emergency room after his alleged attack in downtown Chicago, a confrontation that he actually staged and set up as a fake hate crime.

On Friday, the State of Illinois hit the Empire star with 16 class 4 felony counts of disorderly conduct pertaining to allegations he filed a false police report after conspiring to orchestrate a hate crime hoax against himself for publicity purposes.

Smollett, who is gay and black, told police he was attacked at 2:00 a.m. on January 29 by two white men who poured bleach on his black skin, wrapped a noose around his neck, assaulted him, and spewed racist and homophobic slurs. Smollett’s alleged attackers were also fans of Donald Trump who went so far as to inform Smollett that “This is MAGA country!” — a reference to the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

The incident was all staged by Smollett. Authorities claim the two attackers, who are also black and have ties to Empire, have confessed to their role in the hoax after Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the incident.

If convicted on all counts, the 36-year-old could face up to 48 years in prison (one to three years for each count). A consecutive sentence for the same crime, however, is unlikely. Smollett is probably facing one to three years or probation.

He will be arraigned on March 14.

Mark Geragos, a lawyer for Smollett, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday night that he believes his client is the victim of a “media gang bang” of “unprecedented proportions.”

“They’re bringing 16 counts. They’re bringing 16 counts because they parsed out two statements,” Geragos said. “I defy you to find something like that. He was not suspended. They have not talked to one person at Fox who has said he was dissatisfied with his money. They have not interviewed one person connected with the show ‘Empire’ who says he was dissatisfied with his money.”

“What is happening here is frankly a media gang bang of this guy of unprecedented proportions and that’s the reason I got into this,” Geragos continued. “I’ve never seen a media pendulum swing more quickly and more viciously and rob somebody of their presumption of innocence like this case. It’s startling the way people assume that he’s guilty.”

UCLA Medical Center fired at least 13 employees in 2008 and suspended at least six others for snooping in Britney Spears’s medical records during her hospitalization in its psychiatric unit.

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