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Smollett lawyer responds to ongoing claims he lied

CHARGES DROPPED: Jussie Smollett's lawyer said her client is innocent until proven guilty

JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S lawyers have called on authorities in Chicago to adhere to the ethical values of their office after senior officials publicly stated that they believed the actor was guilty.

Smollett had faced 16 felony counts in relation to charges that he filed a false police report about a hate crime attack but all charges against him were dropped this week.

The 36-year-old Empire actor has said that he was attacked by two unidentifiable individuals in Chicago in January.

He claimed that the attackers subjected him to racial and homophobic slurs, tied a rope around his neck and poured a liquid substance on him.

Patricia Brown Holmes said her client was “innocent until proven guilty in the court of law”.

She added: "We respectfully request all government agencies involved live up to the ethical [tenants] of their office.

"The case was dismissed. We should all allow Mr Smollett to move on with his life as a free citizen."

Following the dropping of the charges against the actor, Cook County State prosecutor Joseph Magats said that the actor was not exonerated by the development.

In an interview with CBS Chicago, Magats said: “I do not believe he is innocent.”

Responding to why the charges had been dropped if Smollett was guilty, Magats said: “Based on all the facts and circumstances, based on his lack of criminal background. We defer or do alternative prosecutions. In the last two years we’ve done that on 5,700 other felony cases.”

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has described the decision to drop the charges as a “whitewash of justice”.

In a tweet, Donald Trump called the case “outrageous” and said it’s an “embarrassment to the nation”.

The US president also said that the FBI and the Department of Justice will investigate the case.

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