Chicago police looking for source of leaks in Smollett case

Celebrities, Like Queen Latifah, Who've Defended Jussie Smollett After Arrest

Several nurses at Northwestern Hospital, where Smollett was treated after his alleged attack in Chicago in January, were fired for looking at the actor's medical chart, according to a CBS report published Wednesday. The influx of information that leaked to the media relating to Jussie Smollett's case has prompted officials to look into where their "vulnerabilities" lie. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, "This is MAGA country". The nurse claimed the situation was a misunderstanding and that she never accessed the chart.

Chicago police called Smollett's allegedly staged attack a "publicity stunt", and expressed outrage that he had staged the attack because he was upset with his salary.

She said she wasn't asked any questions and never had a chance to offer an explanation.

The workers were terminated for gaining access to the actor's medical chart when he visited the hospital's emergency room.

Jussie Smollett stirred up controversy when he was listed as a suspect in his own apparent attack and arrested as a result. In addition to representing Smollett, Geragos is also now working for Colin Kaepernick.

The actor continues to maintain that he is innocent.

This nurse who was sacked plans to appeal her case with Northwestern Hospital. It's claimed he paid two Nigerian brothers to attack him - allegations Smollett has strenuously denied. However, she did concede that she and many other nurses and hospital employees were fired last week due to allegations of misconduct concerning Smollett's confidential information. Further, company policy prohibits said representative "from commenting on the employment status of any employee".

"HIPAA prevents me from acknowledging if a patient received care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital or any other Northwestern Medicine hospital", King said, remaining tight-lipped about both the hospital's discoveries of their workers-and of Smollett himself as a patient.

This story is developing and will be continuously updated.

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