All charges against disgraced Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett, whose hate crime hoax cost Chicago both money and some of its reputation, have reportedly been dropped.
“We believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” local prosecutors announced Tuesday afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Smollett’s attorneys reportedly responded soon after with a statement celebrating his victory.
Below is footage of Smollett arriving in court Tuesday afternoon:
“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,” they said.
“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.”
According to the Tribune, neither prosecutors nor Smollett’s attorneys have provided further details or evidence corroborating the claim that the Hollywood actor was the real victim.
If anything, there exists a mountain of evidence disproving this dubious assertion.
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After Smollett claimed in late January that two white Trump supporters had assaulted him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck, all while allegedly yelling racial and homophobic slurs, Democrats and their media allies began portraying him as a victim of a “modern-day lynching.” Some even attributed the attack to President Donald Trump’s allegedly racist, divisive rhetoric.
But evidence uncovered by the Chicago Police Department revealed that the alleged attack had been staged via the help of two Nigerian actors whom Smollett had hired.
“First, Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson revealed in a presser following Smollett’s arrest last month. “When that didn’t work, Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud in the process.”
Johnson added that what made the actor’s hate crime hoax that much more appalling was the motivation behind it: “This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary, so he concocted a story about being attacked. When we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off because we have to invest valuable resources.”
It’s unclear how the superintendent personally feels about Smollett’s premature “acquittal.”
According to TMZ, however, the decision to drop the charges against Smollett “is NOT sitting well with [the] Chicago PD” as a whole.
The decision is reportedly sitting well with Smollett’s co-workers, though:
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