Prosecutors Drop Charges Against "Empire" Actor Jussie Smollett

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against

The men were brothers Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, and one of them had worked on "Empire".

Police paid for the hotel and the security.

While Smollett's supporters have cheered the turnaround, the development has been criticized by local officials, the Chicago Police Department and even a prosector who insisted that the star is off the hook, but not "innocent" in his eyes.

Natalie Spears, the Tribune's attorney, told Judge LeRoy Martin Jr., however, that Smollett's lawyer told her outside of court that the actor's legal team does not plan to seek to expunge the case now that Cook County prosecutors had thrown out the charges. He said two masked men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs, poured bleach on him, beat him and tied a rope around his neck. Chicago police detained the brothers in mid-February at O'Hare International Airport after the returned from Nigeria, they were questioned and their apartment in Chicago was searched. The Chicago Police Union has since called for a federal investigation into the actions of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, who reportedly believed there was no point in prosecuting the actor over the alleged hoax "because Jussie would have only gotten community service if convicted".

Smollett was charged with 16 counts related to making a false report that he had been assaulted.


"I think police had minimal investigation in this case, it took me only five minutes to Google".

But on March 26, in a stunning turn of events, prosecutors chose to drop all the charges against Smollett despite the lead prosecutor admitting that the case was solid. She said the onus was on her office to explain that resolutions Smollett's are also available to "someone from the neighborhood". The two brothers who claim they worked with the actor to stage the January attack are lying, according to Smollett attorney Tina Glandian.

Mr Magats said Jussie "is not a victim of a hate crime".

Foxx recused herself from the case after acknowledging she had discussed it with a relative of Smollett.

The plot thickens in the Jussie Smollett case.


"Let's get to the bottom of this", Emanuel said in an ABC News interview. "It's Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax, period... I don't think they would have allowed anyone political to reach out to them". "There was no political influence in this case", she said.

Raoul spokeswoman Annie Thompson had no further comment Wednesday. A phone number associated with their home had a voicemail box that was full. Foxx said a second time the "outcome was not unexpected".

During her interview Wednesday, Glandian acknowledged that Smollett talked and texted with the brothers in the hours before the attack. The mayor said Smollett repaying the money spent would an admission of "guilt" and funds the Chicago taxpayers deserve to see returned to the city's coffers.

But she said Smollett had no idea who attacked him until the brothers were later identified by police.


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