Smollett has denied that any involvement in orchestrating an attack.
Officials said last month they launched the internal investigation "during the interrogation of the brothers when information leaked out", said Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the police department.
The workers were terminated for gaining access to the actor's medical chart when he visited the hospital's emergency room. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, "This is MAGA country".
She said she wasn't asked any questions and never had a chance to offer an explanation. That same nurse believes others, like her, were fired for the same reason. He alleged that two assailants shouted homophobic and racist slurs at him, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck.
The actor was arrested on February 21 and charged with filing a false police report after detectives said he staged the hoax hate crime attack to boost his fame because he was unhappy with his salary on the show. "The check was written to Abel on January 23, 2019, six days before the 'attack.' The memo line reads, '5 week Nutrition/Workout program Don't Go.'" "Don't Go" is a song for a music video where he would appear shirtless.
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". And that's just the guy I know.
She maintains that she was simply scrolling to look at another patient's name-not Smollett's, and that she may have been fired simply because of the scroll.