The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office will not be prosecuting Jussie Smollett, who was previously accused of faking an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime in Chicago in order to drum up publicity for his role on the TV drama “Empire,” Fox News has learned.
Breaking!! Jussie Smollett who was accused of lying and filing a fake hate crime has had all charges against him dropped. Even though there are witness testimonies, mail fraud, and video evidence all charges are dismissed and the case is sealed.
It’s unclear at this time why the court decided not to proceed with prosecution, but the former “Empire” star is expected to give a statement after he leaves the courthouse later today.
Previously, Smollett pleaded not guilty to all the charges. This week Smollett was called in for an emergency court hearing where the judge announced all charges against him would be dropped. It is unclear why they were dropped.
Doubt was cast on the open-and-shut nature of the case when Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham wrote the Justice Department following reports that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate Smollett’s allegations that he was attacked by two masked men after the former chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama allegedly informed Foxx that Smollett’s family had concerns about the probe.
According to local reports, Johnson was blindsided by Tuesday’s events and is expected to address the situation later in the day.
Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement that Smollett’s record “has been wiped clean.”
Questions as to why the FBI wanted to handle the case and then all charges are dropped should be investigated.
Many are taking to social media to voice their outrage.