CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (WBRE/WYOU/NBC/CNN) – Prosecutors have dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett over allegations he lied to police in faking an alleged hate crime against himself.
Cook County prosecutors filed a motion with the judge hearing the case Tuesday to withdraw the charges, and the judge signed off on the motion.
Following an “emergency hearing” Tuesday morning Smollett’s attorneys released a statement saying that the actor’s “record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him.”
The statement continues “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.”
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfet his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”
The 36-year-old actor told Chicago police that he was attacked in the middle of the night on January 29. He said two masked men shouted homophobic and racist abuse at him, beat his face, threw bleach on him, hung a noose around his neck and yelled, “This is MAGA country”, referencing President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.
On March 14th Smollett pleaded not guilty on a 16 count indictment of lying to police, charges he denied.
Check back later with more on this developing story.