Jussie Smollett’s charges dropped but investigation continues


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Jussie Smollett addresses reporters after the charges against him were dropped.

On the early morning of March 26, Joe Magats, the first assistant state’s attorney in Cook County, Illinois dropped the charges against actor Jussie Smollett after he was indicted on 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct.

Smollett had no previous criminal record, and there was no hard evidence to hold the charges.

An explanation of why the charges were dropped was included in a statement by the state attorney’s office.

“After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case [including Smollett’s community service and agreement to forfeit his bond payment] we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution,” the statement said.

Smollett has not been exonerated, however, and there will be an investigation into the case.

The Chicago Police Department is outraged the charges have been dropped. They believe Smollett has put other LGBTQ people at risk, with his allegations of being attacked in a racist, homophobic hate crime.

“A lot of valuable Chicago Police Department man hours and resources were wasted chasing down a bogus crime arranged by Smollett,” State Rep. Michael McAuliffe said in a statement released on his official website. “He has cost Chicago a lot more than a $10,000 bond.”

Smollett had also been given until April 4 to pay $130,106.15 to the city of Chicago to cover the costs of the investigation of his alleged hate crime.

After the charges were dropped, President Donald Trump shared his opinion on the matter through a tweet.

“FBI and DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago, It’s an embarrassment to our nation,” Trump said via Twitter.