Jussie Smollett's Lawyer Says Brothers Lied About Staging Attack


Smollett pleaded not guilty in a March 14 arraignment on a 16-count indictment of lying to police about the incident in which, he said, he was attacked by two masked men who made homophobic and racist comments against him.

Taraji P. Henson is thrilled "the truth has finally been set free" in the Jussie Smollet case.

Emanuel said Smollett had "abused" the city of Chicago, a day after the actor walked out of court saying he had been vindicated in insisting he had not staged a racist assault against him in January. "I venture to say, even if he does get acting roles, they're probably not going to be productions".

After their testimony, prosecutors approved charges against Smollett.

Prosecutors also said their office stands behind the Chicago Police Department's investigation and dropping the charges does not mean there were problems with the case.

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"This is not a new or unusual practice".

"These files were provided by the Chicago Police Department in response to a FOIA request that CWBChicago submitted upon learning that the Cook County State's Attorney's Office had reached a sealed agreement to resolve Smollett's criminal exposure in the case", CWB Chicago reports.

He said charges are dropped in thousands of cases, but Smollett's case is getting scrutinized because he is a celebrity. "They clearly could have proceeded with one count as they originally did in the felony complaint and then they made a decision to elevate this matter, to slice and dice this in every way possible and to charge him with 16 counts", she said. "I think the way that it happened so quickly, people were taken aback by; but if we look at other disorderly conduct cases, and we look at how those cases were handled by our office, this outcome was not unexpected". "And you have to remember that Mr.Smollett claimed that there was a letter, a threatening letter sent to him".

A third Osundario brother spoke out Wednesday on the Jussie Smollett case after a local television reporter tracked him down.

"We also think that it's a little odd that she never that no one ever told the police department, the F.O.P, the mayor's office that they were going to dismiss the charges in this case".

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Co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in and said that she was very confused at how fast everything happened, and pointed out the curious police response to the action.

After the weeks-long investigation, Chicago PD claimed Smollett had orchestrated the attack on himself.

But the star was written out of the last two episodes of the most recent season of "Empire" - which is set in NY but filmed in Chicago - amid uproar over the accusations against him.

She says Smollett is a crime victim and "just wants his life back".

His family described him as "an innocent man whose name and character has been unjustly smeared" in a statement published by the ABC News.

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Authorities have said Smollett created the hoax because he was unhappy with his pay on the Fox show and wanted to promote his career.