Attorney's statement: Charges dropped against actor Smollett
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Attorney's statement: Charges dropped against actor Smollett

FILE - This March 14, 2019 file photo, actor Jussie Smollet, center, looks at attorney Ron Safer as he stands with his lead attorney Tina Glandian in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago. Attorneys for Smollett said Tuesday, March 26, that charges alleging he lied to police about a racist and homophobic attack have been dropped. Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

CHICAGO — Attorneys said Tuesday that 16 felony charges accusing “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett of making a false police report about a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago have been dropped.

Smollett’s attorneys, Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes, released the following statement:

“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 January 29th. 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.

“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.

“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.”

The Associated Press

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