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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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Satan
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Satan

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

Timmm
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Timmm

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!

Celia
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Celia

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…..it 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… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

Consensus?

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.

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

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.

Shay
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Shay

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.

Jimh
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Jimh

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

Celia
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Celia

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

Celia
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Celia

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… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

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!

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

su000
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su000

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

Celia
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Celia

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… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

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.

su000
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su000

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..
But-
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..
🙂 ..

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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.

Celia
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Celia

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.

Colin
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Colin

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.

Shay
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Shay

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.

Barbara
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Barbara

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.

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

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.

Celia
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Celia

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!!

Shay
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Shay

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….

Celia
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Celia

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?

Celia
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Celia

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… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

This charlatan is as vile as they come.

Momo
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Momo

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.

Toscanti
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Toscanti

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.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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!!!!!!

Later.

Celia
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Celia

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… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

Boycott any shows he is in!!!

Dan
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Dan

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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

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.

Shay
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Shay

@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… Read more »

brian
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brian

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

Chrystie-Delancey
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Chrystie-Delancey

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.

Celia
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Celia

Well, Chrystie…..it 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!!
❤️

Shay
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Shay

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.

Celia
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Celia

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

Momo
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Momo

Felicity and Lori are hiring his lawyers.

Celia
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Celia

LOL…

Rodd
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Rodd

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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