Prosecutors keep they still consider the attack on him final January in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood was a hoax. The beautiful flip of occasions has left some individuals outraged and others confused.
WATCH: Jussie Smollett speaks after fees dropped
All 16 felony disorderly conduct counts towards Smollett for allegedly lying to police have been dropped in change for group service and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond cost.
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After showing in courtroom Tuesday, Smollett stated he has been truthful “since day one” and thanked his supporters.
“I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality, and betterment of marginalized people everywhere,” Smollett stated.
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The choice drew a sharp response from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, with Emanuel calling it a “whitewash of justice.”
“Mr. Smollett is still saying that he is innocent, still running down the Chicago Police Department,” Mayor Emanuel stated. “How dare him? How dare him?”
“If someone falsely accused me, I would never hide behind a brokered deal and secrecy. Period,” Superintendent Johnson stated.
Emanuel appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday morning to speak concerning the Smollett case. The Chicago mayor stated Smollett, “abused the city of Chicago” and the town, “embraced not only him as an actor, but more importantly the values of being whoever you are, whoever you love, whatever your background is you have a home here. He took that, turned it around and tried to self-promote himself. And the fact is he’s walking around with no sense of contrition, no sense of remorse and the fact is also the state’s attorney is saying he’s actually guilty of this hoax and he’s walking around saying, no, I’m innocent.”
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Smollett’s lawyer Tina Glandian was additionally on GMA and responded to the criticism from Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent Johnson.
“I think if they believed the charges they never would have dismissed the case,” Glandian stated. “It’s such a high-profile matter. Everyone has been talking about it. Obviously it’s made national headlines….They could have proceeded in a variety of ways. We were ready to move forward. We appeared in court, we pled not guilty. We were ready to fight the charges and they’re ones who voluntarily discontinued the matter so I think that speaks volumes.”
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Glandian stated Smollett is now weighing his choices and needs to get his career and life again on monitor.
“He did not ask for any of this,” she stated. “He was a victim of a crime. This has completely spiraled out of control and become a political event at this point and his goal and focus right now is just getting his life back on track. He has not even started healing from the initial attack because he’s been dealing with everything that has happened since then. I don’t know. I mean, we’re shocked at the mayor and the police superintendent doubling down yesterday when the prosecutor after a dispassionate look at the evidence realized it does not hold up and chose to voluntarily dismiss all counts and expunge his record so we’ll weigh our options and see how this develops.”
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Last January, Smollett informed police. He was attacked by two males yelling racial and homophobic slurs who put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him. But police determined Smollett staged the attack as a result of he was sad together with his “Empire” wage.
Police stated Smollett paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 and the siblings bought the supplies used in the alleged hoax.
So why have been expenses dropped? Prosecutors stated they concluded the case, like hundreds of different non-violent felonies. Particulars of the case have been sealed.
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 contact with Smollett’s family.
“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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Magats defined that his office devotes its assets to combating violent crime, and that the Smollett case didn’t 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 previous to the fees being dropped and his agreement to forfeit his bond to the town of Chicago also contributed to prosecutors’ choice to drop the fees.
A federal probe by the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service into whether or not Smollett performed a task in sending a threatening letter to himself previous to the allegedly staged assault stays open, despite Tuesday’s developments, a regulation enforcement official informed ABC News.
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 response to a press release issued Tuesday night time.
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Abel and Ola Osundairo had labored on “Empire.” They’ve yet to comment however a press release.
Gloria Schmidt, the lawyer who represented the brothers, stated in a press release, “The Osundairo brothers were fully prepared to testify in any criminal proceeding in the Jussie Smollett case. Following today’s decision ending the criminal case against Smollett, Gloria Schmidt no longer represents the Osundairo brothers as trial witnesses in the criminal matter. The Gloria Law Group remains in partnership with Strategia Consulting as they continue their work with other clients who have sought the skills and professional services of the Gloria Law Group.”
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 never be an try and show a case in the courtroom of public opinion. That’s mistaken. It’s a reminder that a sufferer, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of costs towards the sufferer in this case was the only simply 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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