All Charges Against Jussie Smollett Have Been Dropped
Cook County prosecutors have dropped all charges against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett was facing charges for allegedly staging a phony attack on himself in Chicago in late February.
Smollett told Chicago police that he was attacked overnight on January 29 in Chicago. He alleged that two masked men shouted homophobic and racist slurs before beating him and hanging a noose around his neck.
Smollett was charged with a felony of lying to the police on February 20. He turned himself in before being released on $100,000 bond. The police said that Jussie paid two men $3,500 to stage an attack on him in order to raise his profile.
An emergency hearing was held today (March 26), where the prosecutor's office announced that the charges were dropped.
"After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’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 a statement from the office of the Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx.
Smollett's team confirmed the news but highlighted that this was NOT a plea deal. They've emphasized that the charges were dropped.
“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," Smollett's attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement on Tuesday.
Jussie's record is expected to be “fully expunged."
Smollett's spokeswoman, Anne Kavanaugh, called Jussie a victim in a statement she just issued as well.
"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,” spokeswoman Anne Kavanaugh stated in an email.