The Latest: Prosecutors call Smollett outcome ‘appropriate’
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett (all times local):
Prosecutors say they believe they’ve reached an “appropriate resolution” in the case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Attorneys for Smollett said Tuesday that all charges alleging he lied to police about attack have been dropped.
Smollett had faced 16 felony counts alleging he lied to police about a racial and homophobic attack against him in January.
In a statement, prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton offered no detailed explanation.
The statement said, “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.”
Smollett had made a $10,000 bond payment to the city to get out of jail after his arrest on the charges.
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.