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All Charges Dropped In Criminal Case Against ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett

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This morning, all 16 felony charges facing Empire star Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) were dropped.  It all occurred when Smollett and his attorneys went to court this morning in Chicago.  The actor/singer was accused of lying to the police in the alleged racial and homophobic attack perpetrated against him.

Jussie will now surrender his $10,000 bond, and that is all.

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office says, “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.”

Jussie and his lawyer, Patricia Holmes, addressed the media, saying that he’s happy and wants to get on with his life.  Smollett thanked everyone who supported him through this case, and maintained he’d been truthful and consistent throughout it. He also pointed out that would never put the LGBTQ movement “through a fire like this.”  Finally, Jussie thanked the Empire cast for their support.

The decision is not sitting well with the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel who has been strongly hinting at corruption in the State’s Attorney’s Office, calling the decision a “whitewash of justice.”

What do you think of the latest developments in Jussie’s case … that he has been cleared of all charges?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below

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I can picture the red hats flying off exploding delusional heads already….

Thats Hollywood, just do whatever the hell you want! Next will have a “Star” murder an innocent victim and the system will say, “Oh we were impressed by his volunteer work, all charges dropped!” What a bunch of BULLSHI!

Isn’t it amazing how the color RED keeps popping up, Timmmy? How I wish we were all well-informed before penning an opinion or verbally forming one.
…..some people need medication to tamp dowm their insecurity and hate.
Then, again, we’re Wal-Mart shoppers, stupid, uneducated low-lives–the irony is, I have never walked into a Wal-Mart…not because I feel superior —never that… is miles away from where I live. I guess one will find no democrats in Wal-Mart. ” La superiorite des anes”.
These people forget their roots. They should focus on that, first and foremost.
The consensus is that Michelle Obama’s aide called her and asked Michelle to make the Smollett case go away.
The same thing happened when the Russian Dossier was fabricated…..facts confirm that Barry ( allegedly) may have not been the author; but, he did sign Satan’s incendiary lies.


Everything I’ve read says that Mrs. Obama’s former chief of staff who is also a Chicago Attorney reached out to the Cook County States Attorney on behalf of the Smollett family. I’ve seen nothing about Mrs. Obama being involved.

I’m hoping that he will face Federal charges for the threatening letter and powder that he sent to himself at Fox studios through the U.S. mail. Justice has not been served. Only special privilege has been served here.

Amen, Dr. Ruth! It seems that our president is of the same mind to have the Feds thoroughly investigate and examine how—and by whom—-the details of this revolting case were (mis?)handled at the state level, allowing Smollett to walk away virtually unscathed by his own reprehensible behavior. Hopefully, the Department of Justice will succeed where Illinois law officials quite purposely failed by actually charging this arrogant poseur for what was clearly premeditated criminal conduct.

Now if we reverse the races all Hell would break loose…

Right, Jimmy…..would never hear the end of it.

This is a mockery to/of the justice system. Smollet is guilty as heck……when something like this gets dropped, it usually means the police messed up—wether it be a glitch, a defect in connecting the dots, or, when a potential perp is not properly mirandized…..By law, a suspect will be freed. His layers hinge upon the fact that he serves his community well? Nah….I do not buy that. The government will not come clean; especially when it screws up!! The prosecutor had no choice if, indeed, those were the circumstances.
There are too many ‘actions’ by him and the brothers that do not add up.
Firstly, the brothers produced a receipt from the hardware store, where the rope was purchased. They told the police they were hired by Smollett, who concocted the story that two white men beat him up and put a noose around his neck. A noose which was still around his neck when the police got to his place. When someone goes through such an ordeal, one would be disoriented, barely standing…AND, the first thing one would do….anyone normal and who had nothing to hide, and who was truthful, would have removed the offending rope from his neck!!
Furthermore, who, in his right mind, would go to an unfamiliar neighborhood, in the middle of the night, in zero degree-temperature?
This is not over……Once the brothers are re-taken into custody, more will be revealed .

When he is licking envelopes for Jesse Jackson and Obama’s aide gets involved, WIPE IT, because WE are WE. What a disgrace to Chicago’s mayor and police chief. Next time the Obamas come to Chicago, let Jussie run the security detail!

You mean those brothers who were apparently involved in mime training, clown school, kabuki theatre or just some bizarre form of Joker-esque masquerade which required pale-complexion-effect cosmetics, CeeCeeGirl?? Could this lame explanation for the transparent falsehoods perpetuated by the preening prevaricator be any more pathetic or outre’???? Were this case not such a grossly obvious travesty of justice, then it would be perfect material for a farcical comedy script, even though on the “face” of it, the audacious reality is truly no laughing matter! At any rate, I wholeheartedly agree with all of your fabulous en pointe posts on this thread…in fact, I composed a cracking response to this very one last evening and despite receiving assurance that my remarks had been accepted, they failed to post. Really? What gives? This has happened to me far too many times for it to be simply passed off as a technical glitch…When one takes the time to carefully consider and construct their comments, a bit more courtesy is warranted. It’s disappointing enough when one’s material is rejected outright even though it often expresses and/or concurs with the exact same sentiments being offered by others, but to actually email someone and say your words passed muster with the expectation that they will appear online when such is not the end result is just plain rude and uncalled for. I am now pouring over that absent post to figure out exactly what it was in “ShaySpeak” that apparently caused it to be assigned to the ash heap in order to do a possible self-edit. However, given that there was quite a bit covered in the tightly written commentary, that is no easy task..Yet, I had much to contribute on this subject matter and still want to share it! (Especially with you, mia amica!) Having said that, in reviewing the thoughts mentioned on this thread, I find it extremely heartening that there are many fine people amongst us who—-despite perhaps generally espousing oft-dissenting views,—are equally appalled and outraged by this entire episode of illegal ego-gratification. It just goes to show that basic decency isn’t dead and we all have more in common than maybe even we sometimes realize.

After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case—
Who was Smollett attorney, Bill Barr ..(bwhaa!

C’mon, SusieQ—you know as well as I that Mueller’s job was done. He does not have the authority to push obstruction when no crime of collusion ( after two years and hundreds of witnesses….and millions of our tax dollars) was found. There cannot be obstruction without a crime. The dems know it, but they twist the law to their own convenience.
Mr. Barr is well known for his fairness and integrity. Besides, he kept Rod Rosenstein ( not a fan of Trump’s) on to help him decipher the jargon handed him. Rod worked shoulder to shoulder with Mueller—-he knew more than anyone else.
What truly gets me is that everyone keeps saying Trump fired Comey to safeguard himself. WRONG!! Trump fired Comey under the recommendation of Rosenstein. There were too many illegal maneuvers by Hillary, Billy Boy, Comey, Lynch, Page, McCabe, Strzok etc ( who gave FBI a bad name) to be ignored—-Trump had absolutely nothing to do with their firing. Rosenstein was well-aware of what machinations the above employed to contaminate the Trump campaign and later, his administration. Rod cut the cord lickety-split.
It was not the Prez’s idea. Rosenstein is one of the culprits to initiate the fake investigation of the fake dossier ( paid by Hillary–let’s not forget that), in the first place. All done to obfuscate the truth!!
Why is there always sarcasm involved with everything negative that happens, su? Some Americans, and beyond, have turned into vampires–they forget the basic rule of law so sacredly put together by our forefathers.
I knew that somehow someone would steer towards Trump…Awwww, SusieQ, you wound me, my friend!! LOL.
There was so much wrongdoing on the other side of the aisle which was covered-up. I am not a vengeful person; however, I do believe in justice—I don’t care how famous; how rich; how illustrious a person is.

Mr Barr is well known for getting guilty criminals off the hook. Which is exactly what he did for international heroin smuggling terrorist funder (and current resident of Hell) George HW “Poppy” Bush SR & his friends, regarding their TREASONOUS Iran-Contra scheme in the late 80s.

Hi Celia 🙂
It has nothing to with Trump, it’s Barr..

The investigation was Russian interference in our democracy, more-so than other.

If Barr wants to make his opinion of corruption, fine..
the Counterintelligence (division continues to neutralize national security threats from foreign intelligence services) being held back from Congress by him,is not right

Apparently, there is a load of Counterintelligence in the report and that belongs in Congress to asses and deal with/evaluate, not to be held by the AG/Attorney General.

And- the public needs the report given to them (with the needed retractions) that is justified..
🙂 ..

Liar. He’s got friends in high places. Case shut down. Findings sealed for all eternity. What a joke. Empire’s ratings are sure to tank he steps foot back on that Soundstage. No sympathy for the devil. Stupid act of selfishness.

Well stated, dav…..however, EMPIRE ( Fox) will probably give him his job back. Remember, Satan walks through fire– he won’t get burned…..
The only way is for the Federal government to take over the case. I do believe the records can be unsealed with a court order.

Jussie was just a puppet. He played his part in a pre-scripted drama solely designed to cause tensions between white, blacks, and gays. It is an ongoing agenda of the PTB.

I think that very well could be true, Colin. May I also suggest that another possible original intent of this concocted farce was to create a high-profile, cause-celebre public courtroom spectacle ala OJ, culminating in yet another famous example of jury nullification—-along with its predictable aftermath????? Problem was, once it became apparent that this hoax was being regarded with near universal disgust and outrage by an overwhelming cross-section of society, an acquittal no way remained what was initially assumed to be a sure thing….hence the necessity for implementing “Plan B” to save the clearly guilty party.

Sound right most wouldn’t get away with it they go to jail for less. Give them some money buy everyone off. So corruption everywhere.

Power and prestige AND money talks and he walks. I’m stunned by this turn of events and having the charges dismissed was a horrible call by the state’s attorney’s office in Cook County and clearly goes to show that if you’re a celebrity, you can get away with just about anything.

Yes, Michael,
The same “justice” will happen with the College bribes —Huffman and Aunt Becky will get away with their crime with a kiss on the wrist–never mind a slap!!

Are you suggesting that they will also benefit from a wave of that magical legal wand called an “alternative prosecution model,” CeeCeeGirl? What absolute bunk….

LOL…yup; that’s exactly what I’m saying. You watch, Shaybelle….
Celebrities walk in lockstep with Sonny Corinthos. They do the crime and end up on a sky-high pedestal, with laurels adorning their collective heads—the symbol of power and piety!! And, when they come down to earth, instead of handcuffs, they are rewarded with rose petals strewn along their path. Can you picture it?

Correction-whether, not wether—lawyer, not layer.
PS..The mayor and the police chief are truly thrown aback over this; and, rightly so.
It seems that Michelle Obama had (allegedly) a hand in his record being wiped clean. Suspicious!!
And the prosecutor who had recused herself? Well, she did her best behind the scenes to absolve this.
Smollett does not have to return the ten thousand dollars ( bond money) ……this is supposedly restitution? As the mayor said; this amount is not even a fraction of the money spent by the city.
No one believes it. He gets up there and still denies having orchestrated this alleged crime.
Community service served?? Really? Because he was involved in helping the community?? Talk about privilege.
Wouldn’t he want to go to trial and clear his name? His reputation will always be stained and iffy. What about the gay community? I doubt he’s looked upon as the hero. ….what about any white person who supports Trump? What about the divide between republicans, democrats; and to a certain degree, the black community expanding? He has cast so much doubt on all these citizens. He is no victim. Shame on him and all those who alleviated his guilt.

This charlatan is as vile as they come.

This is disgusting, ridiculous, nonsense. He did what he was charged with and for 16 hours of “community service” and a $10,000 bribe he gets off. Yes, Virginia, there are different rules for the rich and famous.

I’m disgusted an appalled. He has put the LGBTQ community through a great fire. I hope the Federal case against him does a better job than that of the corrupt city of Chicago. I’m personally pissed that he’s walking free. Had this been someone of another race alleging a hate crime against him, we’d have riots. DISGUSTing! People need to vote the criminal lawmakers that allowed this, out of office.

Oh what a crock?!?!?!?!?! The judge is clearly A TOTAL IDIOT for letting that Jussie Smollett punk walk away SCOT-FREE!!!!! What’s next…those two AIRHEADS Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman walking away SCOT-FREE?!?!?!?!?! BEYOND DUMB AS HELL!!!!!!


Hello, Jay,
Tell me about it….
If anyone thinks this does not stink of the workings of a higher ‘being’ is the delusional one; not the red-hatters!!
There is no way on God’s green earth something soooo unjust suddenly transformed to ‘just’….. when did the pius Smollett get his angelic wings, pray tell? Makes me sick!! Every gay person, every white person, every black person will be looked askance by many, and measured by this idiot’s actions….no one can tell me otherwise. Isn’t there enough mistrust amongst us already?
If he were not his mother’s son? Well, no one knows his mother from Eve…. weird thing to preach!!

Boycott any shows he is in!!!

When did this site become a forum for people to air their political views? It’s become a major turn off for me. I come here to get away from that stuff, and personally I’m sick of reading it. This is a soap and entertainment news site. I come to this site to read about and discuss my favorite shows, not to read political diatribes. I wish they would take that garbage to Fox News, CNN, or any of the literally thousands of forums out there where people can argue their politics back and forth with other people until they’re blue in the face. Does every place today have to be infected with the rancid political discourse that invades all of our daily lives? Good lord, give it a rest!

You are absolutely correct, Dan….but, when some posters ( sarcastically or not) point fingers, continuously , against one side; there is a natural instinct to defend.
I wish I had your strength to remain silent, my friend.
Infected, rancid, invade….all your adjectives are perfectly descriptive of our world today….I will try to follow your lead. Kudos.

@Dan…When a news event such as the one highlighted on this thread is presented, it’s inevitable that the topic swerves toward the political…especially since there is a very real component of that element inherent in the story itself. I see no way around that fact…one really cannot ignore the implications. However, most threads regarding soapy stuff do not contain any semblance of subject matter that is even remotely related to politics, although that doesn’t seem to deter those who are “hellbent” (Hint, hint…) upon making them so at every possible opportunity by introducing the same old comments bashing our president and his appearance. It’s just a constant stream of familiar insults which adds nothing new to the conversational mix other than to be provocative by encouraging a few others who enthusiastically jump on the anti-Trump bandwagon nearly every time. This is the fault of those running this website that this purely-predictible pattern has been allowed to perpetuate…it’s totally unnecessary and should be nipped in the bud before the ball even starts rolling, but as that has yet to seen, after awhile one does feel compelled to respond. If that obvious outcome is not the intent of the moderators and their management, then this practice would not be permitted to happen in the first place, again and again…particularly when there’s no plausible reason to even mention or reference Donald J, Trump whilst discussing certain soap characters and storylines. (Provided that the shows themselves do not do so first. Yes, I’m looking at you, GH!)

i will never watch / to anything this guy ever does ever again. So over him and he has ruined his own career

I agree wholeheartedly!

Never heard of him until Kristen Bell and countless others came to his defense on social media BEFORE he was indicted.

Well, he has had his 15 minutes of fame. I hope it was worth selling his soul. Hopefully he is blacklisted from the entertainment community for as long as his prison term should have been.

Well, Chrystie… doesn’t look like Smollett has been ostracized by Hollywood. The city of glitter and dazzle stands by him.
It seems the elitists support his hoax–poor thing is such a victim!!
I heard Smollett will be the beneficiary of an award for his criminal effort–best supporting actor. Ironically. He should get the award for BEST actor—-fits like a glove!!

More like in this case, “if the glove fits,” you must acquit!!! Or, at the very least, present the hoaxer with an award for a job well done.

Hmmmm—Oh, Shay—-kindred spirits!! Did you read my “inferenced” mind? LOL.

Felicity and Lori are hiring his lawyers.


I don’t think this proves he was innocent of the charges, just that he paid a bunch of money and got off the hook. I’m disappointed. I was glad when I read the headline that the charges were dropped. I thought that meant that he was proven innocent. But this “agreement” doesn’t exonerate him. It just sounds like some rich guy paying for everything to go away. I’ve looked for something to read that will tell me more about his innocence but haven’t found it. Sad.

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On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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The renewal will bring Y&R through the 2027-2028 television season, and brings the series through its 55th season. The Young and the Restless has continued to remain the #1 daytime drama for over 36 years and is CBS’ longest-running series.

In a statement, Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment shared, “The Young and the Restless has been a staple of daytime television for over 50 years, and it is with great pleasure that we will continue that legacy at CBS,The talented cast and writers deliver compelling performances and stories on a daily basis and have provided iconic moments that have kept the show on top of the ratings and thrilled generations of fans for over five decades. We look forward to seeing what new creative twists and turns they have planned for the folks of Genoa City.”

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Y&R notables are also celebrating anniversaries in 2024 including series icons: Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) for 45 years this month, and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) for 44 years. In April, the show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nikki and Victor’s wedding, which aired in April 1984 and was one of the highest-rated episodes in the history of the show.

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The Young and the Restless debuted on March 23, 1973 and the show celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2023. Y&R was co-created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. At present, Josh Griffith currently serves as the series executive producer and head writer.

Share your thoughts on the news that Y&R had been given a four-year renewal by CBS and will continue on with the lives of the people you love in Genoa City through its 55th season via the comment section below.

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In story, Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) was being stalked by Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) in the dark. Eventually, Steffy stabs Sheila in the heart with a knife and she apparently dies.

Speaking with TV Insider, Brown admitted that it is extremely hard to leave a now iconic role she made soap-famous since 1990 on first The Young and the Restless and then The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Kimberlin expressed: “It’s a tough place for me to be in right now; I’m not going to lie about this. I guess if anyone were going to take Sheila down, I’m happy it’s Steffy. I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  Three time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood expressed: “It’s bittersweet because I absolutely love working with Kimberlin; she is just the consummate professional.”


However, the stabbing is vindication for Steffy as Wood related, “This is her moment. How long has it taken Steffy to take her down and it’s finally happening, so it’s going to be a big shock.”

As to her B&B death scene and to her future plans, Brown revealed, “Laying there on that floor when the paramedics pronounce the time of death, my eyes were closed and you’re holding your breath so it doesn’t look like you’re breathing. It was just like, ‘Wow, OK, I guess we’ll have to see what might come next for me.’”


If this holds up and Sheila is “dead” dead, it will open up the story and trouble in the marriage of Finn (Tanner Novlan) and Steffy, because ultimately, Steffy killed her husband’s biological mother.

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