Prosecutors drop all charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:19 AM PT — Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In a stunning reversal, state prosecutors are dropping all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who was charged with staging a hate crime assault.

In a statement Tuesday, the actor’s legal team said all state charges have been dropped and sealed.

According to prosecutors, the change in direction came after the details of his case were reviewed and he was deemed innocent of all charges.

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, after prosecutors dropped all charges against him. Smollett had been indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Officials also took into account Smollett’s long history of volunteer service in the community as well as his voluntary agreement to forfeit his bond money to the city of Chicago. His attorneys clarified no deal was made.

Although all state charges have been dropped, Smollett could still face federal charges.

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