What in the payoff is going on here (in my Jess Hilarious voice)? It looks like Jussie Smollett is a free man, for now.
Prosecutors have dropped ALL charges against Jussie Smollett and his record is being wiped clean.
Jussie has also agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond.
“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,” the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office stated in an email.
Sources tell CBS 2 that CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson is “furious” and that he received no notification about the charges being dropped.
He’s reportedly planning to speak after the police graduation taking place.
Jussie’s attorney released a statement via email.
“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. 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,” spokeswoman Anne Kavanaugh stated in an email.
“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.
“Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career.”
We will see if this is truly the end of this…