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Jussie Smollett update: Charges against ‘Empire’ actor dropped; ‘not an exoneration,’ prosecutor says

Jussie Smollett update: Charges against 'Empire' actor dropped; 'not an exoneration,' prosecutor says
CHICAGO — Disorderly conduct costs against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself, have been dropped Tuesday.

Prepare dinner County prosecutors stated costs have been dropped after reviewing the circumstances of the case in addition to Smollett’s group service and forfeiture of his bond.

Smollett appeared in courtroom Tuesday and thanked all of his supporters.

“Not for a moment was it in vain,” Smollett stated. “I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of.”

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Police stated that they had proof to prove that he paid two brothers to stage the assault in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood because he wasn’t glad together with his salary on the present, but Smollett and his defense staff have maintained his innocence all through the investigation. He was indicted by a grand jury and charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct.

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Smollett agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond to the town of Chicago as a situation of the fees being dropped. The decide additionally granted the protection workforce’s movement to right away seal the felony data associated to the case.

“His record is sealed so that nobody can go get that file and look through it because it should not have existed in the first place, as far as we’re concerned,” Patricia Brown Holmes, certainly one of Smollett’s attorneys, explained.

Nevertheless, prosecutors nonetheless consider that Smollett fabricated the incident, regardless of the fees being dropped.

Joe Magats, first assistant state’s lawyer, took over the case when his boss, Prepare dinner County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx, recused herself from the probe after it surfaced that she had been in touch with Smollett’s household.

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“This was not an exoneration. To say that he was exonerated by us or anyone is not true,” Magats stated. “We believe he did what he was charged with doing.”

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A federal probe by the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service into whether Smollett played a task in sending a threatening letter to himself prior to the allegedly staged attack remains open, despite Tuesday’s developments, a regulation enforcement official advised ABC Information.

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Magats explained that his workplace devotes its assets to combating violent crime, and that the Smollett case did not fall within that mission.

“Our goal and our No. 1 priority is combating violent crime and the drivers of violence and we look to our resources to do that and I don’t think that Mr. Smollett is a driver of violence or a violent individual,” he stated.

Magats stated that group service that Smollett carried out prior to the fees being dropped and his agreement to forfeit his bond to the town of Chicago additionally contributed to prosecutors’ choice to drop the fees.

Smollett completed 16 hours of group service with The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a human/civil rights organization in Chicago, Magats and the organization confirmed. Rainbow PUSH Coalition truly reached out to Smollett, in accordance with a press release issued Tuesday night time.

“Once we first heard of Jussie Smollett’s crisis, we reached out to him and “Empire” to see if we might be useful,” the statement read, partially. “There was no court-ordered community service here.”

The 16 hours of service have been completed over the previous few days – eight hours on Saturday and eight hours on Monday. Among the many things he did was present a critique of their broadcast studio; work within the bookstore selling Rainbow Push merchandise; converse to visiting college students and fogeys; and speak with the group’s musical director about increasing their choir.

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Gil Soffer, a former federal prosecutor who now serves as a legal analyst for ABC7 Eyewitness Information, stated prosecutors’ determination “doesn’t make sense.”

“It’s the very same authority that decided to bring charges in the first place that has now decided to drop those charges,” he stated.

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Soffer also referred to as the action taken Tuesday incredibly unorthodox because the defendant would often be required to admit they did the crime.

“It’s highly unusual to let someone off the hook entirely and not have them acknowledge any wrongdoing,” Soffer stated. “And it’s even more unusual, of course, to do that in a case of this profile after the superintendent of the police gave the detailed recitation of the wrongdoing that he did.”

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are furious over prosecutors’ choice.

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Police stated Johnson was not consulted beforehand and discovered that costs can be dropped concurrently the public did, whereas he was at a police graduation ceremony at Navy Pier.

Emanuel, in feedback made after the ceremony, referred to as the decision a “whitewash of justice.” Johnson stated he believes Smollett nonetheless owes Chicago an apology.

“Do I think justice was served? No. What do I think justice is? I think this city is owed an apology,” he stated.

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Though police stand by the investigation, Smollett’s protection group stated their shopper was “vilified” and accused prosecutors and police of trying “to prove a case in the court of public opinion.”

“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,” Smollett’s attorneys, Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes, stated in a press release. “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 lots of others have been harm by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This complete state of affairs is a reminder that there should by no means be an try and prove a case within the courtroom of public opinion. That is fallacious. It is a reminder that a sufferer, on this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of expenses against the victim in this case was the one just outcome.

“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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Smollett’s family released a press release Tuesday saying Jussie’s character was “unjustly smeared.”

“Our son and brother is an innocent man whose name and character has been unjustly smeared, the statement said. “Jussie is a son, a brother, a companion, a champion for human rights, and a real soul who would by no means be capable of what he was falsely accused of. He was the victim of an assault after which falsely blamed for his personal attack. This morning fact has prevailed and he has been vindicated. All expenses have been dismissed and his document expunged (cleared). The painful incidents we’ve witnessed him endure over the previous 7 weeks have been heartbreaking and unjust to say the least. While many have been fast to rush to judgement earlier than hearing the precise fact, we’re grateful that the truth about Jussie has come to mild. We look ahead to bringing the actual perpetrators to justice. We thank God and our village for standing by us throughout this making an attempt time.”

In a statement, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said, “Jussie Smollett has all the time maintained his innocence and we are gratified on his behalf that each one costs against him have been dismissed.”

After his court hearing on Tuesday, the TV actor said he wants to get back to work and move on with his life.

“But make no errors, I will all the time continue to struggle for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized individuals all over the place,” he stated.

Smollett was additionally represented by Los Angeles-based lawyer Mark Geragos, as well as local Chicago lawyer Ron Safer. Geragos focuses on white collar crime.

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