About one month ago Chicago detectives suspected that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett filed a report that was false. If you don’t remember the story here it is:
Chicago detectives suspect that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in downtown Chicago.
Police say Smollett is now officially a suspect in the case. https://t.co/tifzNt0fUj
— WTVC NewsChannel 9 (@newschannelnine) February 20, 2019
Well today according to the Sun Times all charges against Smollett were dropped:
(Sun-Times)–The actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly hiring two men to attack him in a staged hate-crime attack near his Streeterville home in January. The $10,000 posted for Smollett’s bond will be turned over to the City of Chicago Law Department.
The hearing lasted less than 5 minutes. Judge Steven G. Watkins sealed the case file.
Chicago police officials said Supt. Eddie Johnson was not briefed on the decision to drop charges and learned about it in the middle of a police academy graduation ceremony scheduled at the same time Foxx’s office announced it.
A CPD source said Johnson was “furious” and maintained the evidence against Smollett was “rock solid.”
After the hearing, Smollett said, “I want to thank the state of Illinois for attempting to do what is right.”
“I want to thank my family, friends, the incredible people of Chicago . . . who have prayed for me, who have supported me. . . . I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.”
I mean for one, who knows how this happened. The Chicago police department could be corrupt and as the Sun Times reported Eddie Johnson of the CPD was “furious”. But to commemorate the news let’s remember when Charles Barkley mocked Jussie on National TV:
Charles Barkley has advice for America and Jussie Smollett ?
— Sports ON Tap (@SONTHighlights) February 22, 2019
Never change Chuck. Never change.