All charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been dropped. He will also have his record expunged.
His spokesperson said in an email to CBS Chicago:
“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 judgement.
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.”
He will forfeit his $10,000 bail.
He was charged after being accused of falsely claiming he was attacked by two men who made racist and homophobic remarks.
No one was charged but two men he knows were reported to have helped him stage the attack.
No word on what led to the charges being dropped but the case has been sealed. Prosecutors released a statement saying:
“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.”