One of the nurses said it was a misunderstanding, and claimed she never even accessed Smollett's chart, but she was sacked last week and believes many other nurses and staffers were fired for the same reason. Authorities added at the time that prior to the attack, Smollett sent himself a threatening letter, which did not receive the attention he had hoped it would.
Smollett claimed he was the victim of a hate crime outside his Chicago apartment, in January telling police officers two white men beat him up and tied a noose around his neck while yelling homophobic and racial slurs.
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.
An administrative worker, who agreed to speak out under the condition that her identity be concealed, claimed her firing was "a completely wrongful termination" as she reportedly scrolled past Smollett's name on a list of files without actually opening his record.
Smollett had gotten into hot water back on January 29, when he'd been rushed to Northwestern Hospital for treatment of wounds. That same nurse believes others, like her, were fired for the same reason.
In February, Smollett was charged with a felony of disorderly conduct.
He said the attack "was staged, the brothers had on gloves during the (air quotes) "staged attack" where they punched him a little, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on [Smollett's] face was most likely self-inflicted". TMZ was first to report the news. The alleged attackers, brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were arrested and later released as they were said to be cooperating with police.
That examination of vulnerabilities comes as the $100,000 bailed out Smollett is expected back in court later this month in a matter that could see him behind bars for up to three years if found guilty.