“Jussie Smollett will not be prosecuted for allegedly faking a racial attack, because all charges have been dropped,” reports TMZ.
TMZ adds, “Jussie will surrender his $10,000 bond. But, that’s it. The case is over.
“We’re told the State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, told Chicago police she was dropping the case because Jussie would have only gotten community service if convicted and she said he has already performed community service so there is no point in prosecuting him. We could not find any record of Smollett doing community service.
“We’re told Chicago police are ‘furious’ and feel something untoward is going on with [prosecutor] Kim Foxx.”
Smollett is best known for playing Jamal Lyon on the Fox TV series “Empire.” In January, Smollett said he was a victim of a racist, homophobic attack in the Streeterville area of Chicago. He was later arrested by the Chicago police and faced felony charges for allegedly falsifying a police report.
Upon his release, Smollett told reporters, “I have been truthful and consistent from day one,” reports the Chicago Tribune.
The Tribune adds, “Smollett’s attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, said the defense reached no deal with prosecutors. Smollett agreed to forfeit his $100,000 bond ‘so he could go on with his life and get this over with,’ she said.
“Smollett had to post 10 percent of that — or $10,000. Ordinarily, that money would be returned to him or his attorneys.
“For unclear reasons, Judge Steven Watkins ordered the public court file sealed.”
The TMZ story adds: “A source close to Jussie says the prosecution’s case ‘disintegrated.’ As we reported, there were issues with the $3,500 check the 2 brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, received from Jussie. The Police Superintendent had said the money was payment for the fake attack, but it appears it was actually for physical training.
Notes the Chicago Sun-Times, “The decision to drop the charges was not a statement that Smollett did not, as police and prosecutors said when the actor was charged, pay his assailants to fake the attack, and then falsely report the incident to police and detectives, said First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats during an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday.
“Asked if the dropped charges meant the actor was, in fact, the victim of a crime, Magats was emphatic. ‘Absolutely not. We stand behind the CPD investigation done in this case, we stand behind the approval of charges in this case,’ Magats said. ‘They did a fantastic job. The fact there was an alternative disposition in this case is not and should not be viewed as some kind of admission there was something wrong with the case, or something wrong with the investigation that the Chicago Police did.’”