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Prosecutors drop case against Jussie Smollett
It appears “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is off the hook — for now.
When news broke Tuesday that Smollett will not be prosecuted by the Cook County State’s Attorney Office for allegedly faking a hate crime in late January, celebrities were among the first to react.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT CHARGES DROPPED, ACTOR WON'T BE PROSECUTED ON CHARGES HE FAKED ATTACK
A judge Tuesday granted a nolle pros, which essentially means the case has been dropped and that he will no longer be prosecuted for the alleged crimes. It's unclear at this time why the court decided not to proceed with the prosecution but Smollett is expected to give a statement after he leaves the courthouse later.
Smollett, who is openly gay, claimed on January 29 he was attacked by two men who yelled anti-gay and racial slurs and poured bleach on him, among other allegations at the time. But the case took a turn after police said new information "shifted" their investigation. Eventually, the actor pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct in relation to the incident.
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