Jussie Smollett Case: All Charges Dropped

If you thought the Jussie Smollett case was as good as closed then, you were very wrong. In a strange turn of events, all 16 of the charges against the Empire actor were dropped by the prosecutors of Cook County, Illinois.

“After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’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,” a statement sent to USA Today from the office of the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx read.

The $10,000 that Smollett paid in bail will now be given to the city.

Smollett maintained his innocence throughout the case and never accepted a plea deal. His legal team sent a statement to the outlet, outlining today’s proceedings.

“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 from lawyers Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes read. “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 went on. “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.”

Naturally, Smollett is ready to get back to his normal life.

“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.”

What happened in the Jussie Smollett case?

On Jan. 29 the actor reported that he was attacked around 2 a.m in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. He said that he was assaulted by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him. He alleged that the men poured an unknown liquid on him and tied a rope around his neck. Before finishing their assault, the men also screamed, “This is MAGA country.”

Initially, fans and celebrities, alike, came forward in support of Smollett, shocked and appalled that something so outrageous could happen in 2019.

But as the story started to unfold, the details surrounding the events weren’t adding up.

When brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo were taken into custody as people of interest, the investigation took a turn. The brothers claimed that Smollett hired them to help him stage the attack. The men were even seen on camera purchasing the items used in the attack at a nearby store.

Smollett was then charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct to which he pleaded not guilty on Mar. 14.

He was scheduled to appear again in court on Apr.17.

Read more: Jussie Smollett’s Career and How He Got Famous

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