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Chicago Prosecutors Drop Charges against Empire Actor

Prosecutors in the US city of Chicago have dropped charges against US actor Jussie Smollet.

Mr Smollet was facing 16 charges including lying to the police, after he reportedly claim he was attacked by a person who used racist and xenophobic statements against him.

Police later claim Mr Smollet had staged his own attack and paid two black men to assault him. They claimed he had reportedly practice for the attack.

The city’s mayor denounced the prosecutors’ decision to drop the charges as a “whitewash of justice”.

Mr Smollett told reporters after his court appearance: “I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.

“I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”

The office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx said in a statement: “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.”


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