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Charges against Jussie Smollett dropped, say lawyers

CHARGES DROPPED: Jussie Smollett

JUSSIE SMOLLETT has had the charges against him dropped, his lawyers have said.

The Empire actor was charged with filing a false police report after he said that he was subjected to a racist and homophobic attack by two individuals in Chicago in January.

Smollett, 36, faced up to three years in prison if found guilty.

In a statement, Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes, Smollett’s attorneys said: “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," the lawyers said.

They added: "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.”

The news of the dropped charges comes less than two weeks after Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct.

Charlie De Mar, a reporter for CBS, tweeted a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney Office addressing the reports.

“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 bonf to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” De Mar statement said.

Smollett was accused of faking the attack to improve his career prospects and pay.

Smollett’s lawyers maintain that he was attacked.

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