As Jussie Smollett tries to go on with his life, his lawyers are hitting back at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who have spoken out against the dropped charges against the star. While Jussie left Chicago for Los Angeles, where he is nominated for the NAACP Image Awards’ Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, his lawyers are not backing down.
“It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie — owe him an apology — for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough,” Smollett’s lawyers said, according to CBS reporter Charlie DeMar.
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The statement comes on the heels of the Chicago Police Department demanding that Jussie pay back the $130K that they spent on resources to investigate Jussie’s claims, which the police department still believe were false.
On Tuesday (March 26), Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against “Empire” actor, who was facing 16 felony counts of “Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report.” Jussie was charged with 16 counts of filing a false police report when he allegedly lied to police about being attacked by two men on January 29. The men allegedly beat Jussie, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and yelled this is MAGA county, in reference to President Trumps slogan Make America Great Again.
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STATEMENT FROM JUSSIE SMOLLETT'S DEFENSE TEAM REGARDING MAYOR EMMANUEL'S STATEMENT
“It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie – owe him an apology – for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough.”
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) March 28, 2019
Jussie’s lawyers are not the only ones supporting the disgraced actor following the dismissed charges. His pal, actor Anthony Anderson, spoke out about Jussie’s NAACP award nomination.
“I hope he wins,” Anthony told Variety. “I’m happy for him that the system worked for him in his favor because the system isn’t always fair, especially for people of color. So I’m glad it worked out for him.”
He went on to say, “It’s not my place or any other person’s place to judge him or what not, but I’m glad the he’s nominated,” Anderson concluded. “I hope he wins because I’d be interested to hear his speech.”
This is Jussie’s fourth nomination. He took home the win for the category in 2017. No word on whether Jussie will appear for the ceremony on Sunday, March 30.