Jussie Smollett’s case may have led to dozens of nurses being fired for looking at his medical records without having proper access to them.
One nurse from Northwestern Memorial Hospital told CBS Chicago that they and others were fired by bosses for looking at Smollett’s medical records after he was treated in the emergency room on January 29.
The nurse did not give their name but said in their case, they were merely scrolling past Smollett’s record to get to another patient’s file.
Dozens of employees from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago have been fired for looking at Jussie Smollett’s medical records after he walked into the emergency room (shown) on January 29 claiming to have been assaulted
They said hospital bosses still fired them and that others received similar treatment.
The hospital did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiries on Thursday afternoon.
It remains unclear how many employees were allegedly terminated as a result of the case.
Smollett, who will return to court March 14 to face a felony disorderly conduct charge for allegedly making the entire story up, went to the hospital in the early hours of the morning on January 29 after speaking to police.
He had some scratches and bruising on his face and also claimed to have bruises on his ribs.
Police say that brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo punched him during the allegedly staged attack but that he cut himself on the face to make it look more believable.
The Empire actor vehemently denies staging the attack and maintains he is the victim of a hate crime.
Smollett is shown left in his mugshot and right in the emergency room FaceTiming with Empire creator Lee Daniels on the night of the attack
When they charged him last month, prosecutors and police abhorred Smollett for what they said was a waste of police time and resources.
The Chicago Police Department spent weeks combing through security footage and interviewing witnesses as part of the probe while Smollett performed to sold out audiences and went on Good Morning America.
If he is convicted, he may have to repay some of the money that was spent in the investigation.
His lawyers maintain that he is innocent and that the police department has ‘trampled’ his presumption of innocence by leaking details of their investigation throughout.
The department’s officers and investigators say they treated Smollett as a victim until the two brothers who he identified as his attackers confessed that the entire attack was a hoax.
They said Smollett orchestrated the hoax because he wanted a higher salary.
Police say brothers Abel (left) and Ola (right) Osundairo have confessed to attacking Smollett for money