The Cook County State Attorney’s Office has dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in the hate crime hoax.
After a full investigation, Chicago PD found that Smollett faked
Smollett claimed two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a rope around his neck before yelling, “This is MAGA country.”
News of the dropped charges came as a surprise to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Both men angrily hit-out at the decision.
“From top to bottom, this is not on the level,” Emanuel told reporters at an afternoon news conference.
“Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours workign to unwind what actually happened that night. The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud … It’s not just the officers’ work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented],” he continued. “Because of the judge’s decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public.”
Johnson added, “If someone ever falsely accused me [of a crime], I would never hide behind a brokered deal and secrecy.”
Despite all the evidence against Smollett, the actor still maintains his innocence posing with fans outside the courthouse just after the news was announced, thanked his friends and family for standing by him. Then he thanked the state of Illinois for “attempting to do what’s right.”
“Not for a moment was it in vain. I’ve been truthful and consistent on every level since day one,” he said. “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of.”
“Honestly, one of the worst of my entire life,” he said. “But I am a man of faith and I’m a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement into a fire like this. I just wouldn’t. Now I’d like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life. But make no mistake, I will always continue to fight for justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”
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