Jussie Smollett has just been cleared of all charges after an emergency court appearance in Chicago Tuesday.
A month after Smollett was charged with 16 felony counts for what police alleged was a staged hate crime and a false police report. The actor was summoned to an emergency court hearing where he was notified that all charges had been dropped by State Attorney Kim Foxx.
Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes, Smollett’s attornies, gave a statement that was originally reported in a tweet by ABC journalist Stephanie Wash.
Charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped by the state and his record has been wiped clean. pic.twitter.com/lHpLvBGc3S
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“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him,” reads the attornies’ statement. “Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 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 says that the 36-year-old actor was “hurt” by the “unfair and unwarranted actions.”
“Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result,” the statement concludes.