Posted March 27th 2019
The charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped, according to CBS Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar, who tweeted the breaking news on Tuesday morning.
Earlier this month, a Cook County jury indicted the 36-year-old on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report in relation to his claim that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him,” read a statement via Smollett’s attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes. “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 [sic].”
“This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion,” the statement continued.
The Cook County State’s Attorney Office also released a statement confirming Smollett has forfeited his bond.
Earlier this morning, the actor-singer reportedly showed for an “emergency court appearance” the day after news surfaced of Mike Avenatti’s extortion charge against Nike, in which Smollett’s attorney Mark Geragos was listed as a “co-conspirator.”
21st Century Fox Television has informed The Root that they have no comment at this time. We will keep you posted with updates as they arise.
Update: 3/26/2019, 1:23 p.m. ET:
21st Century Fox Television has now released the following statement on this matter:
Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed.
Update: 3/26/2019, 4:12 p.m. ET:
Following the news of his dropped charges, Smollett held a brief press conference on Tuesday.
“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I have been accused of,” he said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wasn’t too pleased with the results, calling the decision a “whitewash of justice.” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson stood by his side during the press conference.
The Smollett family has also released a statement, noting, “Our son and brother is an innocent man whose name and character has been unjustly smeared.”