Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Jussie Smollett


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In a surprising turn of events, prosecutors have dismissed charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett.

Smollett was accused of fabricating a racist, anti-gay attack on himself after he reported being attacked by two MAGA hat wearing men who made racist and homophobic threats before tying a noose around his neck.

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors dropped the charges after Smollett agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 bail money and do community service.

Although Smollett maintains his innocence, the Associated Press is reporting prosecutors still believe Smollett concocted the assault.

In a statement reported by the Associated Press, a spokeswoman for the Cook County prosecutors’ office said the dismissal came “after reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case.” Tandra Simonton called it “a just disposition and appropriate resolution” but said it was not an exoneration.