Jussie Smollett's attorneys say all criminal charges dropped

Attorneys for 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett say charges alleging he lied to police about an attack have been dropped.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 8:27 AM

CHICAGO (AP) - Attorneys for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett say charges alleging he lied to police about an attack have been dropped.

Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a Tuesday morning statement that Smollett's record "has been wiped clean." Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.

A spokeswoman for Cook County prosecutors didn't immediately respond to messages requesting comment.

Police and prosecutors have said the black and gay actor falsely reported to authorities that he was attacked Jan. 29 in downtown Chicago because he was unhappy with his pay on the Fox show and to promote his career.

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