Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped, Record Cleared

Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped, Record Cleared

Neetu Chandak 

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett will not be charged for allegations over making up a hate crime against himself, a Cook County court in Chicago ruled Tuesday.

“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,” prosecutors said in a statement, CNN reported Tuesday.

A judge also reportedly granted a motion to seal the case, according to a tweet from CBS Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar.

“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,” Smollett’s legal team said in a statement, ABC journalist Stephanie Walsh tweeted Tuesday. “Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th.”

Smollett claimed he was attacked, doused with an unknown chemical substance and had a rope tied around his neck by two men who yelled “This is MAGA (Make America Great Again) country” at him on Jan. 29.

The actor was arrested in February for allegedly filing a false police report. Smollett pleaded “not guilty” for the 16 counts disorderly conduct March 14.

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