BREAKING: Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped

Charges set against Empire star Jussie Smollett have been dropped at a surprise hearing. All 16 counts against the star have been dismissed after it was alleged he orchestrated a hate crime against himself outside of his Streeterville, Chicago home. He pled not guilty on March 14.

Attorneys for Smollett, Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes released a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times after his hearing:

“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 29. 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 judgment.

“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.”

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