The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said it won’t be prosecuting Jussie Smollett, who was previously accused of faking an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime in Chicago in order to leverage higher pay for his role on the Fox show “”
"After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case," prosecutors said in a statement.
The judge granted a nolle pros, which means that the case has essentially been dropped and that he will no longer be prosecuted for the alleged crime, .
CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson is “furious,” that he received no notification about the charges being dropped, sources . Johnson will speak after the police graduation takes place.
Less than two weeks before, Smollett pled "not guilty" to 16 counts of disorderly conduct stemming from the alleged incident in which he claimed two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a rope around his neck before yelling, "This is MAGA country."
Police announced to the public that, in reality, Smollett had paid Ola and Abel Osundairo to stage the attack.
His lawyer, Tina Glandian, entered the plea on Smollett’s behalf soon after Judge Steven Watkins was assigned the case. The next court date was scheduled for April 17.
Smollett was brought in for an emergency court session in which the judge made the ruling.
"I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one," Smollett announced to reporters outside of courthouse. "I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused of."
It is unclear at the time of writing exactly why the judge granted Smollett nolle pros.
At a post hearing press conference, Patricia Holmes, attorney for Jussie Smollett, said the state made a legal decision to seal the records and drop the charges. She clarified it is “not part of a deferred prosecution” and there “is no deal.”