Video: CNN's Don Lemon Interviews Jussie Smollett's Lawyer—'Did Someone...Very Important or Influential Do a Favor?'

Empire star Jussie Smollett's lawyer denied that any political influence played into the prosecutor's decision to drop charges against her client. Smollett was arrested and charged in late January with lying to police and filing a false police report about a racist, homophobic attack that investigators said he manufactured.

After a public records request, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Tina Tchen, a Smollett-supporting attorney and ex-chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama, emailed and texted the state's attorney encouraging her to push for the hate crime case to be sent to the FBI.

Tchen also passed Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx a phone number of one of Smollett's relatives, whom she contacted, causing her to subsequently recuse herself from the investigation in February.

Foxx had unsuccessfully lobbied the Chicago Police Department to hand over the case to the FBI. Her deputy, Joseph Magats, then took over the case, but the state's attorney's office was now dogged by accusations of political interference, compounded by the decision to drop all charges.

"Did someone potentially very important or influential do a favor, make a call on Jussie's behalf?" CNN's Don Lemon asked Smollett's lawyer, Patricia Brown Holmes, on Tuesday night after prosecutors dropped the charges in exchange for community service and a forfeited bond.

"No, there was no political influence in this case. There were a team of lawyers, I was one of the members of that team, I did my job on my end of this matter, they did their jobs," Holmes said.

"We all collectively worked on this case and researched every single detail and every single fact. We communicated with the state's attorneys and we convinced them that the right thing to do in this case was to dismiss the charges.

"No one political called that I know of. I don't think anyone political reached out to anyone. I don't think they would have allowed anyone political to reach out to them."

Smollett, 36, claimed he was attacked in January by two men who sprayed bleach over him, put a noose around his neck, and told him "this is MAGA country, n****r" a reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

But after an investigation into the alleged attack by Chicago city police, and the arrest of two brothers allegedly behind the attack, officers turned the tables on Smollett and accused him of paying the men to attack him in a hoax to advance his public profile and career.

On Tuesday, the state's attorney asked the court to drop all charges against Smollett after taking into account his agreement to do volunteer service in the community and to forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city of Chicago.

In a statement, the state's attorney said its decision was an appropriate resolution to the case and did not exonerate Smollett.

Prosecutors also said their office stands behind the Chicago Police Department's investigation and dropping the charges did not mean there were problems with the case.

The decision, however, angered Chicago City Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who have both fiercely criticized Smollett over the incident.

"Do I think justice was served? No. What do I think justice is? I think this city is still owed an apology," Johnson told a press conference after the charges were dismissed, accusing Smollett of circumventing justice.

Emanuel, a Democrat, said the $10,000 does not come close to recouping the resources spent by the city investigating the Smollett case.

The Democrat also decried what he called the "ethical cost" of the incident because victims of hate crimes who come forward will now be doubted. "He did this all in the name of self-promotion... This is a whitewash of justice," Emanuel said.

But Holmes defended the prosecutor's decision. "Jussie Smollett did not speak once in court today," she told CNN's Lemon.

"The prosecutor made a motion. Her motion was to dismiss the case...to forfeit the bond. I made a motion to seal the matter so that the records would be sealed because now the case is dismissed and we walked out of the courtroom.

"He didn't agree to anything, he didn't plead to anything, he didn't offer up any information. He never spoke once…

"I think this is a situation where the mayor and the police chief are upset because they didn't communicate or have communications with the state's attorney. That's not our issue."

In a statement delivered outside the courtroom, Smollett thanked his supporters, fans and lawyers.

"I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of," Smollett said.

"This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly, one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history, and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn't."

Smollett added that he wants now to move on with his life.

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Actor Jussie Smollett after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26 in Chicago, after it was announced that all charges against him would be dropped. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images
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