“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett will not be prosecuted for staging a hate crime and then filing a false police report in Chicago in late January.
Smollett told police that he had been attacked by two Trump supporters because of his race and sexual orientation. Soon after the the report was filed, things quickly began to fall apart, enough to where a grand jury indicted Smollett.
The Cook County prosecutors in Chicago announced that they were dropping all 16 charges against the actor Tuesday morning.
Instead of going to trial, the prosecutor’s office announced that Smollett had forfeited his $10,000 bail.
The prosecutor’s office released the following statement regarding their decision:
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.
As you can imagine, outrage immediately began after the announcement, including the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel.
— CNN (@CNN) March 26, 2019
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is furious: "Mr. Smollett is still saying that he is innocent. Still running down the Chicago police department. How dare him. How dare him … Is there no decency in this man?" pic.twitter.com/NWJixmN6Od
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 26, 2019