Published March 26, 2019
US prosecutors dropped all charges on Tuesday against television actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of fabricating a racist and homophobic hate crime, his attorneys said .
“ Today , all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean ,” Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a joint statement .
The 36 – year old actor had denied 16 felony counts of allegedly masterminding a false attack on the streets of downtown Chicago to gain publicity and win a bigger paycheck .
“ 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 judgement ,” the attorneys said .
Smollett was accused of sending himself a threatening letter and hiring two acquaintances to stage a street attack , complete with homophobic and racial slurs , while invoking Donald Trump ’ s “ Make America Great Again” slogan.
The case invoked widespread sympathy for the actor and outrage over the attack .
But the actor was later written out of the last two episodes of the Fox Network television program “ Empire,” amid uproar over the accusations against him .
The producers of the program said they had no comment about the latest developments .
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