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All Charges Against Jussie Smollett Have Been Dropped

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In a not-so-shocking twist of fate, Chicago prosecutors have dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett.

Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts a few weeks ago for allegedly filing a false police report. Quite frankly, The Chicago Police Department’s case was filled with questionable evidence and holes from the start.

And DiversityInc is a news outlet that raised questions over the alleged evidence against Smollett.

Related Story: Actor Jussie Smollett in Police Custody, Some Things Just Don’t Add Up

Smollett has always maintained that he was attacked and had entered a not guilty plea.

According to reports, the state filed the motion to dismiss the case and the judge approved and signed the motion. The judge also granted a motion to seal the case.

His attorneys released a statement, saying, “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 Jan. 29. 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.”

The statement continued, “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.”

Finally, the attorneys concluded, “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.”

Cook County State’s Attorney released a statement about the case dismissal saying, “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.”

The CPD’s investigation was marred with assumptions and sometimes misleading, conflicting and dishonest information. There were aspects of their investigation that were outright illogical because evidence gathered stated otherwise.

For example, the check Smollett wrote for personal training services from the Osundairo brothers, which the Chicago Police continuously implied was for payment for the assault.

Even during the FBI’s investigation of the hate note sent to Smollett on the set of “Empire,” the agency suggested that Chicago police were jumping the gun with reference to Smollett being guilty of sending himself the letter. They concluded that it was likely that he didn’t.

The most saddening part of this debacle is Smollett’s career was on the verge of being destroyed due to shoddy police work by a department known for being corrupt and unethical. The public, celebrities and even his cast mates had turned on him. The sobering fact of this situation remains that Smollett had the means to fight to clear his name. Unfortunately, the average Joe doesn’t.

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8 Comments

  1. grannybunny March 27, 2019

    Head-Exploding Irony Moment: Mayor Rahm Emanuel disparaging the dismissal of the charges, calling it a “Whitewash.” No, Mayor Emanuel, the failure to hold Chicago Police Officers responsible for the cover-up in the Laquan McDonald murder was a “Whitewash,” or — maybe, more accurately — a “Bluewash.”

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  2. Sharon March 26, 2019

    And before someone says how can we be something created to oppress us, look deep within your soul and ask yourselves that very question to those who are questioning. I do not believe black people are racist at all, however I do believe we have been taught the behaviors that mimmick the level of hatred it represents against each other so it pretty damm close.

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  3. Sharon March 26, 2019

    I am so happy for him and glad this mess is totally over. I stood by him from day one and stated on my facebook page when this first started How ironic that during black history month of all cultures when we are supposed to be honoring our history and the struggle of our ancestors. We are the least forgiving of any culture on the planet, quick to judge, disown, discredit and throw each other under the bus. I sickens me to watch and see the damage we psychologically cause ourselves and our race, it internalized racism at it’s best. We do not always have to agree nor do we condone bad behavior but at the very least my grandmother used to say if you have nothing good to say then say nothing at all

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    1. Donna R Foster March 27, 2019

      @Sharon, I posted no opinion on that matter. I’m glad I didn’t get caught up in the media hype, like many of my cohorts. I said nothing, so I don’t have to backtrack and apologize. Its “innocent u tol proven guilty.” Nowadays it’s the other way around…unless you’re in the White house.

  4. Valerie March 26, 2019

    I am SO glad he’s been exonerated. I never did believe that he staged the attack.

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  5. Cathy Sullins March 26, 2019

    Sue the pigs,Jussie!

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  6. grannybunny March 26, 2019

    Even if Smollett HAD been guilty of filing a false report — which it appears he probably was not — 16 felony counts for doing so was horrendous overkill and would have chilled a lot of victims, in the absence of substantial corroborating evidence, from coming forward. It seems like no one apologizes for anything anymore — at least not genuinely — but I think a lot of people owe him an apology for rushing to judgment, in total disregard of his presumption of innocence.

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  7. EMM March 26, 2019

    Amazing. The court of public opinion had him tried and convicted. The media really have to stop jumping to conclusions and trying cases via social media and the TV. I hope Mr Smollett will be able to hold his head up and move forward as his credibility took a severe hit around this event; and he lost his job. There must be egg on the faces of the Chicago police department who were so adamant in proclaiming Jussie’s guilt in this whole thing. So very unfortunate and (potentially) damaging to Mr. Smollett’s career. I hope he’s able to recover.

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