Prosecutor Still Believes Jussie Smollett Is Guilty Despite Dropped Charges

Prosecutor Still Believes Jussie Smollett Is Guilty Despite Dropped Charges

Prosecutor Still Believes Jussie Smollett Is Guilty Despite Dropped Charges

Now that charges have been dropped against Jussie Smollett, the "Empire" actor's attorney is trying to shift attention back on two brothers who told police they were paid by Smollett to help stage a racist, anti-gay attack on him. In return, prosecutor say, the actor agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 in bail.

Jussie Smollett declared himself "a man of faith" after prosecutors dropped charges against the "Empire" actor.

Prosecutors offered little explanation when dropping the case, a move that infuriated Chicago's mayor and police chief. He told a detective that at least one of the attackers was white, according to Chicago police.

Authorities still believe Smollett concocted the attack in which he said two masked men beat him in late January.

Her statement following Tuesday's shock decision comes after Harris initially described the attack on Smollett as a "modern day lynching" in the immediate aftermath before later backtracking. "I'm waiting, along with everyone else in Chicago, for a fuller understanding of why they took this step". The brothers were actually arrested on the 15th, according to reports, but were released the following day after police started suspecting Smollett staged the attack.

Holmes also pointed out that the case against her client only "seemed" airtight because several parties leaked "incomplete and inaccurate" information and were guilty of "inappropriately" talking to the media to create confusion.

"We stand behind the work that they did".

First Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Joseph Magats oversaw the Smollett case after Foxx recused herself, and was the one who made a decision to drop the charges against the actor.

It was, he said, "a whitewash of justice".

"Chicago spent a $150,000 on this case, that money could have been spent fighting all the violent crimes going on in Chicago, that are absolutely raging this city", McCain said.

"There was no attempt, whatsoever, to influence the outcome of this case". First of all I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me, who have supported me and who have showed me so much love. Besides forfeiting his bond payment, Smollett also did community service, Magats said.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Cook County prosecutors' office said the dismissal came "after reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case".

"No one political called that I know of". She believes he'll be judged for "the rest of his life.' And, Wendy says his situation caused a "divide" on the 'Empire" set. "Jussie's thing with the law has definitely benefitted in terms of everyone's talking about you, you're the lead story on everything", Wendy, who recently made headlines of her own after admitting she's been living in a sober house, said.

Co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in and said that she was very confused at how fast everything happened, and pointed out the curious police response to the action.

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