On Tuesday, Jussie Smollett and his attorney appeared before a Chicago court for an emergency hearing. The prosecutors dropped all 16 counts against the “Empire” actor after the police investigators concluded Jussie Smollett fabricated the hate crime hoax and regardless of the grand jury finding him guilty.
The Smollett family also released a statement in regards to the charges being dropped on Tuesday:
Our son and brother is an innocent man whose name and character has been unjustly smeared. Jussie is a son, a brother, a partner, a champion for human rights, and a genuine soul who would never be capable of what he was falsely accused of. He was the victim of an assault and then falsely blamed for his own attack. This morning truth has prevailed and he has been vindicated. All charges have been dismissed and his record expunged (clean). The painful incidents we’ve witnessed him endure over the past 7 weeks have been heartbreaking and unjust to say the least. While many were quick to rush to judgement before hearing the actual truth, we are grateful that the truth about Jussie has come to light. We look forward to bringing the real perpetrators to justice. We thank God and our village for standing by us during this trying time.
The Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel along with Superintendent Johnson expressed their outrage on the veridict on Smollett’s case. They stated that all the evidence pointed that the Smollett had hoax a hate crime and filed a false police report. Regardless of the grand jury’s decision to charge Smollett with the 16 felony counts, prosecutors dropped the charges and the “because of the judge’s decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public” and added, this is without a doubt a whitewash of justice and sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power, you get treated one way, other people will be treated another way. There is no accountability then in the system. It is wrong full stop.”
A shocking email sent by the Cook County States Attorney’s office of Kim Foxx revel that prosecutor had little to no desire to in prosecuting charges against Smollett stating “nobody is in trouble.” The email was obtain by Fox News’ Matt Finn:
This morning, President Trump tweeted calling the Jussie Smollett’s case an “embarrassment to our Nation.” The President stated that the federal government will be involved after the verdict.
Jussie Smollett will return to the set of “Empire” where the staff supports the actor regardless of the backlash. When Smollett’s charges were dropped, the writers of “Empire” tweeted and winking emoji with the caption “see ya’ll Wednesday.”