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The Empire actor, Jussie Smollett, will not be prosecuted for allegedly faking his attack. All criminal charges are being dropped and his record has been expunged.
According to TMZ, the state’s attorney, Kim Foxx, said she was dropping the case because Smollett would have only gotten community service and since he already performed community service there was no point in prosecuting him. The Chicago police are “furious.”
Smollett’s lawyers say, “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 2 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 judgment.”
Jussie, the 36-year-old actor, was free on $100,000 bond, and he still denies lying to police, and faking the attack.
The case was shifted when intense press coverage offered bitter public debate and stinging skepticism on social media.
Smollett said in an interview, that he received a threatening letter at work a week before the attack.
According to the Chicago Tribune, authorities are conducting a separate investigation into that letter.
What do you think? Is Jussie rightfully innocent?