Charges dropped against Empire actor Jussie Smolett

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This image released by Fox shows Jussie Smollett in a scene from the “Pay For Their Presumptions” episode of “Empire,” which originally aired on Oct. 3, 2018. Smollett’s co-starring role in “Empire” may end up being the pinnacle of his career, industry observers and insiders said as the actor faces criminal charges that he faked […]

    
CHICAGO (AP) – Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett say charges alleging he lied to police about attack have been dropped.
    
Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a Tuesday morning statement that Smollett’s record “has been wiped clean.” Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.
    
A spokeswoman for Cook County prosecutors didn’t immediately respond to messages requesting comment.
    
Police and prosecutors have said the black and gay actor falsely reported to authorities that he was attacked Jan. 29 in downtown Chicago because he was unhappy with his pay on the Fox show and to promote his career.

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3/26/2019 10:21:33 AM (GMT -5:00)
 

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