Northwestern Memorial Hospital has reportedly fired dozens of employees, who the administration may believe viewed Jussie Smollett‘s medical records improperly. This news comes a nurse who was terminated explained to Chicago’s CBS2 that the situation was merely a misunderstanding.
The nurse, whose identity was not revealed, said she never accessed Smollett’s chart. All she did was scroll past it on a computer while looking for another patient’s information, she said. Nevertheless, she said, the hospital didn’t want to hear her side of the story, and she thinks the same thing happened to other employees who were recently terminated.
She said that it all happened at the end of her shift last Tuesday, when she was called in and fired without being given a chance to say anything. She is now appealing the decision.
The hospital told the local outlet that they could not comment on anyone’s employment status.
Smollett went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Jan. 29 for treatment after what he claimed was an assault perpetrated by two men spewing hateful comments and placing a rope around his neck. Smollett himself was later arrested, after Chicago police determined that the incident was a hoax that Smollett allegedly orchestrated.
Cops said that Smollett paid two men to help stage an attack, and that the men admitted this to them during questioning. Police claimed that the visible injuries to Smollett’s face may have been self-inflicted.
Smollett denies any wrongdoing. Prior to being officially accused of a staging a hoax, Smollett gave a televised interview where he expressed outrage at those who doubted his story.
[Image via CBS2 Chicago screengrab]