‘Empire’ star, Jussie Smollett has reportedly been cleared of all of the criminal charges that were pending against him. According to his attorneys, his criminal record is also to be expunged.
On January 29, 2019, Chicago police had charged him with staging a crime against himself. The Cook County grand jury indicted him on 16 felony counts. It included filing a false police report.
Jussie claimed that two white men had attacked him but he was not able to identify them. The attack allegedly happened at 2 a.m. and during the physical attack, they used racial and homophobic slurs as well.
Two brothers who were identified as ‘persons of interest’ were later detained by Chicago police. They feel that he knew the men and that $3,500 was paid via a check so the attack would be staged. Through it all, he continued to maintain his innocence.
“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,” Chicago prosecutors said in a statement, according to CNN.
The studio networks behind Empire, 20th Century Fox television and the Fox network were not commenting on the subject.
The legal team for the actor, which includes Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes came forward to make a statement to the news. You can learn more about what they had to say in this video: