Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, according to his legal team, after he was accused of filing a false police report and staging his own attack earlier this year.
The Daily Beast reported that Smollett’s legal team released a statement following an “emergency court appearance” in Cook County on Tuesday morning, saying: “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.”
Smollett had told police that two men wearing ski masks attacked him on the street in Chicago, beating him, tying a rope around his neck, and pouring an unknown chemical on his face.
Later, the actor was charged with “16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report and orchestrating a hate crime against himself,” to which he pleaded not guilty last week.