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Update 3: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is siding with the angry Chicago PD, calling this a “whitewash of justice,” whille adding of Smollett “how dare him.”

Of note, Joe Magats of the State’s Attorney’s Office, said that while there were no problems with the police investigation or the evidence gathered against Smollett, the charges were dropped in agreement to do community service, adding “We didn’t exonerate him.” 

“Here’s the thing — we work to prioritize violent crime and the drivers of violent crime. Public safety is our number one priority. I don’t see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety.”

Update 2: Smollett made a statement following the dismissal of 16 counts linked to the alleged staging of a hate crime hoax.

“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,” Smollett said, adding “this has been an incredibly difficult time. Actually, one of the worst in my entire life.”

Update: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is reportedly “furious” over the dropped charges, according to CBS Chicago‘s Charlie De Mar.

Meanwhile, ABC7‘s Rob Elgas reports that Chicago PD will respond to the Smollett news shortly.

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Charges were dropped on Tuesday against Empire actor Jussie Smollett for disorderly conduct related to allegedly staging a fake hate crime attack and filing a false police report, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A grand jury slapped Smollett with 16 felony counts earlier this month for falsely reporting a hate crime, which his attorney Mark Geragos called “vindictive” and “prosecutorial overkill.”

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office issued the following statement: “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollet’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 & appropriate resolution.”

According to reports, the state of Illinois filed the motion to dismiss the case, which the judge signed off on. The case has also been sealed, according to CBS Chicago‘s Charlie De Mar.

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 judgment,” reads a statement from Smollett’s attorneys.

“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions,” the statement continues. “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.”

There had been no clue that prosecutors planned the about-face move before the announcement. A publicist for Smollett’s attorney was the first to notify the news media Tuesday morning, issuing an alert that did not elaborate on the nature of the emergency.

The 36-year-old actor, who was free on $100,000 bond, has previously denied lying to police or faking the attack. –Chicago Tribune

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