After all the messiness, from the Chicago police and prosecutors to the social media hot takes, the criminal case against Jussie Smollett has been dropped.
Jussie was charged with staging a hate crime and falsifying police reports last month after claiming he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack. He’s since had his name dragged through the mud, faced 16 felony counts and been removed from Empire. Jussie pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Statements from Jussie and His Attorneys
His attorneys have released a statement saying that:
“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.”
“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. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion.”
Jussie himself has spoken out on the matter:
“I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one…”
Cook County’s Statement
The Cook County state attorney’s office made this statement:
“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.”
People are Tired of the Way this was Handled
Is someone going to be filing charges against the Chicago Police Department for how poorly they managed every aspect of the #JussieSmollett “investigation”?
— deray (@deray) March 26, 2019
What’s that you were saying about #JussieSmollett as publicly and loudly as you disparaged and discarded him? Is it the apology that he and many Black LGBTQ people have been waiting for? Will you double down or take this lesson in believing survivors?
— Dana (@DanaVivianWhite) March 26, 2019
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