The Jussie Smollett saga just took a sudden and unexpected turn.
Just moments ago, Smollett was summoned to an emergency court appearance in Chicago where he was informed that all charges against him had been dropped by State Attorney Kim Foxx.
36-year-old Smollett’s record has also been expunged.
In a statement, prosecutors said:
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 bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.
Smollett had been charged with 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report back in January.
In a statement released afterwards, Smollett’s attorney said:
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.
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. 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.