Even as Jussie Smollett proclaims that he has been vindicated with all charges against him dropped in his high-profile Chicago case, the prosecutor who dropped the charges says the “Empire” actor is guilty.
First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joseph Magats talked with Chicago media today about the 16 felony charges that Smollett faced, saying: “I do not believe he is innocent.”
Deadline reports: “Hit with deep criticism and anger from the Windy City’s soon-to-be departing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police for the decision to end the case, Magats also noted that he thought Smollett was guilty of faking an assault against himself on January 29. The prosecutor asserted that the actor was not exonerated by the decision.”
Smollett’s record was expunged and the case permanently sealed, Deadline adds.
“In another TV interview Tuesday, Magats referenced tragic violence sweeping Chicago as a ‘stain on the city’ and said that ‘some actor … doing what he did, does not rise to that level,'” Deadline adds. “The state prosecutor insisted that real hate crimes are ‘vigorously prosecuted.'”
The State Attorney’s Office is quoted saying: “We stand behind the Chicago Police Department’s investigation and our decision to approve charges in this case. We did not exonerate Mr. Smollet (sic). The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollet’s (sic) agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago. Without the completion of these terms, the charges would not have been dropped. This outcome was met under the same criteria that would occur for and is available to any defendant with similar circumstances.”