Prosecutors today dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of orchestrating an attack on himself and falsely reporting it to the police.
Smollett, 36, was seen arriving at a Chicago courtroom around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for an emergency hearing. Following his court appearance, his attorneys released a statement saying that the actor's "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 judgement," the statement read.
Probably a deferred or non-prosecution agreement, perhaps some police incompetence or misconduct. It'll really annoy the right people, anyway. Read the rest
Actor Jussie Smollett claimed to be the victim of an attack by white men who poured chemicals on him and uttered racial and homophobic slurs. After weeks of rumors and leaks from the investigation—and the arrests of two men who didn't fit the description— Smollett himself is now being charged with filing a false police report: sources reportedly say he paid the men. With a check.
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Jussie Smollett was taken into police custody hours after he was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly filing a false police report about an assault on him last month in Chicago, authorities announced early Thursday morning.
“Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives,” Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.
The authorities did not provide any additional details about Smollett’s arrest, but Gugliemi had said Wednesday, after Smollett was charged by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, that police would “make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”