Breaking: Charges Against 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Have Been Dropped

It's a stunning turn of events. At an emergency court hearing held Tuesday morning, all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett were dropped. Smollet's attorneys issued a statement saying that his record had been "wiped clean:"

"Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement."

Smollett was accused of staging a hate crime against himself and had been indicted on 16 felony counts.

We'll have more to come on this breaking story.

(Mug Shot: Chicago PD)

For what it's worth, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling the dismissal of charges a "whitewash" of justice.

 

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