Jessie Smollett received preferential treatment from Windy City prosecutors because he’s “a person of influence,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel railed on Wednesday. Emanuel continued his onslaught of criticism of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for their abrupt decision to dismiss the hoax hate crime case against the “Empire” star, dropping all 16 felony charges against him. “This looks like because he’s an actor, a person of influence, he got treated differently than anybody else,” the mayor said on ABC's "Good Morning America." Emanuel, however, stopped short of calling for an investigation into prosecutors for the sweetheart deal that he blasted as a "whitewash of justice" on Tuesday. “You have the state’s attorney’s office saying he’s not exonerated, he actually did commit this hoax. He’s saying he’s innocent and his words are true — they better get their stories straight,” said Emanuel.
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