In one of the most heinous and bizarre cases in recent memory, actor Jussie Smollett preyed upon the mainstream media’s “hate crime” fervor to decide the American people…or so we thought.
The story was a strange and sordid one, in which Smollett was investigated for a series of hoaxes in which the actor was believed to have been both the perpetrator and the victim. Chicago Police even went so far as to explain his motivations, conveying that Smollett was hoping to raise his public persona in order to further bolster his compensation as an actor.
Now, all of that has been turned upside down.
Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday dropped criminal charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who had been accused of staging a phony hate crime against himself.
Smollett, who was charged with disorderly conduct, appeared at an emergency court hearing Tuesday morning, where the case was dismissed.
Will we ever know the truth? Likely not.
The dismissal means that records of the case will be sealed to public view. There was no plea deal that led to the dismissal of charges.
His lawyers were predictably elated.
“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,” Smollett’s legal team said in a statement Tuesday, according to NBC. “Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th.”
There has been no indication yet as to whether or not Smollett’s previous “hate crime” incident involving a threatening letter that he was found to have mailed to himself will be further investigated.
Without the underlying documents, it will be difficult to assess just why these charges were dropped, leading many Americans to believe that this is just another case of liberal celebrities avoiding jail time due to their societal status.