All Charges Dropped Against Jussie Smollett

Cook County prosecutors announced they had dropped all 16 charges against Jussie Smollett.

Chicago, IL – Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday announced they had dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, after previously charging the actor with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a hoax hate crime on himself and reporting it to police.

"After reviewing all the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case," said Tandra Simonton, chief communications officer of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced on March 8 that the grand jury had returned a 16-count indictment that said Smollett had lied to police twice, WLS reported.

Smollett was initially charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct on Feb. 20.

The 36-year-old actor turned himself in at the Chicago Police Department’s 1st District at 5 a.m. on Feb. 21, to face felony disorderly conduct charges for filing a false police report. He was released on bond later the same day.

Chicago police have said they believe Smollett lied when he told police he was jumped by two masked men as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant in his Streeterville neighborhood in the early hours of Jan. 29.

He said the men beat him, and hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Smollett told police that the men threw an unknown substance on him and put a noose around his neck before they ran off.

His manager told police that he was on the phone with his client at the time of the attack and heard Smollett’s attackers say “This is MAGA country” while they were assaulting the actor, NBC News reported.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson explained at a press conference the day of Smollett’s arrest that that police considered the actor a victim up until Ola and Abel Osundairo returned from Nigeria to Chicago and were taken into police custody, and then the investigation “spun in a totally different direction.”

“We gave him the benefit of the doubt up until that 47th hour. But when we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off,” he explained.

He said the brothers told police that Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with another $500 after they returned from a planned trip to Nigeria.

“We have the check that he used to pay them,” Superintendent Johnson said.

He said police have obtained phone records that “clearly indicate” Smollett and the Osundairo brothers talked to each other quite a bit before and after the staged attack, as well as while the brothers were out of the country.

Superintendent Johnson also said that Smollett had beaten himself up before he went to the hospital.

“The brothers had on gloves during the staged attacked where they punched him a little bit. But as far as we can tell, the scratches and bruising that you saw on his face was most likely self-inflicted,” the superintendent explained.

He said that he believed the actor wanted the faked attack caught on camera, but the particular camera he chose to perform in front of wasn’t pointed the right direction.

The superintendent said chasing down bogus leads “put out in the universe” by the media wasted a lot of the police’s time during the investigation.

He said detectives interviewed more than 100 people, and located 35 police surveillance cameras and 20 private-sector security cameras along the route the Smollett claimed he took the night of the attack.

“These detectives deserve all the credit in the world for carefully analyzing the leads and evidence for weeks before coming to their conclusion,” Superintendent Johnson said.

Smollett pleaded not guilty to the initials felony disorderly conduct charge for having filed a fake police report. He claimed the $3,500 check to the Osundairo brothers was for training and nutritional guidance.

Attorneys for Smollett released a statement just moments after Judge Steven Watkins allowed the dismissal on March 26, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"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,” the statement 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,” the attorneys’ statement continued. “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.”

Smollett had been free on a $100,000 bond prior to the dismissal, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“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,” the statement read.

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Why am I not surprised?

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Hopefully his career will also be "dismissed".

gfc1963
gfc1963

If he had been white the story would be very different.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

"including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case" Does that mean that Mr, Smollett just bribed the city of Chicago to make this whole thing go away?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

If this exact situation/story/hoax/whatever happened with the races reversed, blacks would be screaming their heads off about how "a white man" got off for lying about a black man being a criminal suspect!! And how "whitey" is always lying on blacks. The hypocrisy is unreal!!! F--k you Pussie Smellette!! Go meet up with Colin Kaperdick, he's already on his knees!! You pieces of shit!!!

flagwaver
flagwaver

Now we will never hear the end of the "outrage" of "the hate crime" against this poor innocent young man by RACIST POLICE and RACIST policys of TRUMP. This little turd must be feeling pretty smug right now.

Isupportbluelives
Isupportbluelives

Dropped charges does not mean he's innocent. Again, money talks; bull$hit walks.

J_Logi83
J_Logi83

The lawyer can spin the narrative any way they like, this guy is still a piece of human shit.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Hmmm what a surprise

5150
5150

What a POS. More Hollywood trash getting away with anything.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

As LEO0301 would say: Smollett exonerated!

Lewis 1118
Lewis 1118

How much did they pay the Prosecutors to drop the charges? Hope the Feds nail him to the wall.

Deny777
Deny777

GUARANTEE you if he was white he would be behind bars. Getting tired of all that black privilege.

Memawnine9
Memawnine9

Hit him where it hurts! Boycott anything he is associated with in the future! TV, movies ect.. He won’t be hired hopefully! And I totally agree, if he was any other race, his ass would be in jail! Reverse racism at it’s highest! He hasn’t helped his race one iota.

REALITY_CHECK
REALITY_CHECK

Democrats pulling strings again...shocking.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Cook County prosecutors announced they had dropped all 16 charges against Jussie Smollett"

Why? Racial Bias much from the prosecutors ? Jussie is a >very <sick liar and hopefully he will pay in many other ways . BTW-- Any more news of any fed charges against Jussie ?

BruthaV
BruthaV

Homosexual Black Lies Don't Matter.

JBo
JBo

"...agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago."

That's the reason why...never miss a chance to make a buck.

yelyana
yelyana

And Chicago wonders why they have a crime problem... - Thanks again democrats.

Woobie46
Woobie46

After reviewing the facts and circumstances....I guess they mean that he has the right to make up a RACIAL HATE CRIME in order to boost his wages. This place is really almost unbelievable. Very soon it will be completely unbelievable...

AP2021
AP2021

Now that right there is colussion

investigator
investigator

What a fricking joke!!!!

Jbr730
Jbr730

“Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th."

That's his defense? A check for 3500 and statement ts by both who received it? Seriously? BS. Guilty. A grand jury indicted him and the charges are dropped? If that isnt Chicago corruption, what is? Where the feck are the SJW now?

Lastly good...no, great job ny the PD to investigate and do their job otherwise there would had been typical SJW BS.

Smollett motive was racial / political / hatred division. He should seek counseling for a mental disorder.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Paid off? Charges dropped and agreement is sealed! This guy put gays, African Americans and all minorities on the chopping block! Lying little a##hole! I hope he never gets another job acting!

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Only in Chicago!! And they wonder why they have the crime rate like they have.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This a joke, right?

Wish505
Wish505

The feds need to take a close look at the judicial system in Chicago. Something smells to high heaven. I can understand why the CPD and Mayor are up in arms about this.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Bring a law suit against him and demand the court documents under the suit (interrogatories). Hit him in the pocket book and then release the documents to the public. Court kept $10,000 and community service sounds to me like the "{Alford doctrine")

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

They said he didn’t endanger anyone. They better grow some brains! There could have been riots and rataliation by the public who believed his story. I wish Karma on the judge and D. A. I think the file must be opened and an investigation started on them by the another agency.

Ranger1666
Ranger1666

No surprise there. Chicago is so politically, ethically and morally bankrupt its one big joke. Yes it needs the to be looked at by the FEDS and yes one has to wonder why they continue to have such a high crime rate.

Rayb
Rayb

I knew it. He holds all the card.. gay black liberal... free pass!!

Rayb
Rayb

I bet he sues them!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

ISWTIG- "including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community"

Just heard this am that the Jussie "community service" amounted to just 16 hrs of reviewing video tapes for Jesse Jackson Rainbow Coalition .....which then means it breaks down to just one hour for each felony he committed.