Jussie Smolett, whose legal perils looked only to get worse once his own attorney was caught in Avenatti’s scam, is now free after charges against him were dropped. Courant reports:
In a stunning reversal, Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on disorderly conduct charges for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.
“We believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” a prosecutor said in announcing the dismissal of all 16 counts.
There had been no clue that prosecutors planned the about-face move before the announcement. A publicist for Smollett’s attorney was the first to notify the news media Tuesday morning, issuing an alert that did not elaborate on the nature of the emergency.
Moments after Judge Steven Watkins allowed the dismissal, attorneys for Smollett issued a statement.
Is corruption involved in this? Considering the charges were in Chicago, it wouldn’t surprise many. Hopefully, the Federal government will still go through with its investigation to charge Smolett on federal fraud crimes.