After being arrested in February, all charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped. Smollett appeared in court on Tuesday morning for an “emergency appearance.” A statement was released from the Empire actors lawyers to the Hollywood Reporter.
“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. 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 judgment 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. 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. 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.”
Jussie was charged with a “class 4 felony charge for disorderly conduct in falsifying a police report.” According to the actor, he was leaving a restaurant when two men approached him making homophobic and racial slurs. He then claimed the men punched him, poured a substance on him, and tied a noose around his neck.
Chicago Police Chief Eddie T. Johnson claimed that the 36-year-old actor paid the two men $3,500 to stage an attack against him. Jussie pleaded not guilty on March 14 against those accusations.