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Charges Dropped Against Jussie Smollett

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The attorneys for Jussie Smollett, Empire actor, have reported that charges alleging he lied to police over a racist and homophobic attack have been dropped.

ABC News reports Jussie’s attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said his record “has been wiped clean”.

“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions,” they said in a statement.

“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.”

Jussie had been indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was allegedly targeted by two men for a racist and homophobic attack in the early hours of January 29 in downtown Chicago.

Prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton offered no detailed explanation for the decision. “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 [US$10,000] bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”

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