The case against Jussie Smollett, that has taken the country by storm, is over. All 16 felony counts of lying to police in the alleged attack have been dropped.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against “Empire” actor, who was facing 16 felony counts of “Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report.”
A statement by Jussie’s attorney was issued following the news.
“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,” read the statement. “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.”
They went on to say, “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.”
On Jan. 29 Jussie reported that he was attacked by two men who beat him up, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck, while shouting racial slurs and referencing MAGA country (Make America Great Again—the slogan President Donald Trump used during his election campaign).
Since that day, the case has divided the country on the legitimacy of Jussie’s claims, he even went so far as to appear on “Good Morning America” to talk with Robin Roberts about the attack.
“It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more, and that says a lot about the place we are in our country right now,” Jussie said.
According to TMZ, State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, told the police that she dropped the case because Jussie would only receive community service if convicted and he already served community service. However, TMZ has stated that they found no record of Jussie ever doing community service and the Chicago police are NOT happy.
Jussie is expected to make a statement this morning.