All Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped
Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Empire actor, Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying to the police and staging his attack, his lawyers say.
In a court hearing on Tuesday, attended by the actor, the judge reportedly dismissed the case.
Smollett pleaded not guilty to the all 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly.
His lawyers, Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes have again reiterated that their client was attacked by two unknown individuals
In a statement, the attorneys said that their client’s record “has been wiped clean.”
“He was a victim who was villified 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,” the lawyers said.
“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. The entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion.”
Mr Smollett, 36, was accused of paying two brothers to stage an attack on 29 January, and then lied to the police about it. Authorities said he did so because he was “dissatisfied with his salary”.