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In a recent turn of events, ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s charges have been dropped by the Chicago prosecutors. Records for the case were “immediately sealed” and are being expunged from Smollett’s records. The news broke out after his “emergency court appearance” in Chicago court Tuesday morning.
A spokesman for Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx said, “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollet’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”
According to CNBC, “The dismissal means that records of the case will be sealed to public view.” They added that, “There was no plea deal that led to the dismissal of charges.”
Watch Smollett’s statement below.
His lawyers said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday:
“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment.”
The statement continued, “Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result. Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career.”
Smollett, 36, was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct last March 8, 2019 for allegedly staging a fake racist and homophobic hate crime attack on himself.
Naturally, the netizens weighed in on the latest turn of events. Check out what they are saying below:
Nothing gets the right fired up more than seeing a black guy not go to jail. #JussieSmollett— Rob (@tescovee) March 26, 2019
I told y’all #JussieSmollett was innocent. I also told y’all I believed him and today well…..yall know.— Assisting the Witcher (@A_LegoBlockHead) March 26, 2019
Definitely more than meets the eye here. Chicago corruption at the prosecutor level! Chicago police superintendent didn’t know this was taking place. Unbelievable #JussieSmollett— Diane (@DianeNoMoreLies) March 26, 2019
Chances are the charges were dropped because the persecutor couldn’t get enough evidence and testimony to substantiate. & I’m sure @Chicago_Police messed up when they attempted to prove a case in the court of public opinion, vilifying him before a trial/verdict. #JussieSmollett— jai. 🥀🇭🇹 (@itmeans_ilove) March 26, 2019
The #JussieSmollett case never made sense to me on either side. Someone did wrong here and hurt the AA and LGBT communities….we may never know who. “Illinois prosecutors drop all charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett” – Chicago Tribune https://t.co/9SSTAQ3net— Ben Marker (@BenjiMarker) March 26, 2019