(CNSNews.com) – All charges were dropped Tuesday against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of allegedly faking his own attack and blaming it on Trump supporters.
“We believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” the Chicago Tribune quoted Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Risa Lanier as saying in court in announcing the dismissal of all 16 counts.
Smollett’s attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, explained that the state dismissed the charges and Smollett’s criminal record has been expunged, and Smollett agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond.
“Today as you have figured out, the state made a motion to nolle prosse the charges against Jussie Smollett and to seal the record in this case. We believe that it was the correct result in this case. We’re very happy for this result, and we are very anxious for Jussie to get on with his career and his life and to move forward,” she said in a press conference in the courthouse after the charges were dropped.
The charges were dropped, but not as part of a deal, Holmes said, adding that the police should not try their cases in the media.
“We have nothing to say to the police department except to investigate charges and not try their cases in the press but to allow matters to be investigated, allow the state to investigate and to bring charges and not to jump ahead and utilize the press to convict people before they are tried in a court of law,” she said.
Holmes said she has no idea why the state brought the charges against Smollett.
“I don’t have information that the state would have as to why they brought these charges. I don’t know. You would have to ask the state,” she told reporters.
The Nigerian brothers who were said to have staged the attack against Smollett were his trainers, Holmes said.
“The Osundairo brothers said more than once that the $3500 check they received was for exactly what Jussie said. It was for nutrition and training. They were his trainers. That statement was not true,” she said.
“The two men who attacked him have indicated that they attacked him, so we already know who attacked him,” Holmes said.
“The two brothers have said that they attacked him, so you know we don’t want to try them in the press any more than he wanted to be tried in the press,” she added.
Smollett thanked his family, friends, and “the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world” who prayed for him, supported him, and showed him love.
“No one will ever know how much that has meant to me, and I will forever be grateful. I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain,” he said. “I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of.
“This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly, one of the worst of my entire life, but I am a man of faith, and I am a man that has knowledge of my history, and I would not bring my family, allies or the movement through the fire like this. I just wouldn’t. So I want to thank my legal counsel from the bottom of my heart, and I would like to thank the state of Illinois for attempting to do what’s right,” he said.
“Now I’d like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life, but make no mistake, I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere,” Smollett added.