U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the Department of Justice will "review" the case of actor Jussie Smollett, who was charged with staging a fake hate crime in Chicago before prosecutors abruptly dropped the case this week.
"Well I think the case in Chicago is an absolute embarassment to our country," Trump said on the White House lawn before departing for Grand Rapids, Michigan for a political rally.
"And somebody has to at least take a very good, hard look at it." Smollett, who is black and gay, said two men attacked him on the street at night in January, making homophobic and racist remarks, pouring a chemical on him and putting a noose around his neck while shouting support for Trump.
Investigators later charged Smollett with paying $3,500 to the two men to pretend to attack him in order to garner public sympathy for himself.
Prosecutors dropped the charges on Tuesday, saying they stood by the accusation but that an agreement by Smollett to forfeit his $10,000 bond was a just outcome.
Smollett, 36, says he is innocent and did not stage the attack.