Chicago Tribune reports all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett have been dropped by the Chicago district attorney.
Smollett faked a physical attack on himself, saying it was a bias attack and racially profiled. He also sent himself a phony threatening letter. He said his attackers put a noose around his neck and yelled epithets.
The country was fixated on this story for two weeks. It turned out Smollett had staged everything because he was upset with paycheck from “Empire.”
And now it’s over. “We believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” a prosecutor said in announcing the dismissal of all 16 counts.
His lawyers issued this statement: “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,” the statement said. “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 judgement.
“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions,” the statement continued. “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.”