Prosecutors have dropped all fees towards US actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic assault.
The Empire star attended a court docket listening to in Chicago on Tuesday, the place a decide sealed the case.
Mr Smollett, 36, pleaded not responsible this month to 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly mendacity to police.
The black and brazenly homosexual actor thanked his supporters outdoors court docket after the listening to.
He stated: “I’ve been truthful and constant on each single stage since day one.
“I might not be my mom’s son if I used to be able to one drop of what I have been accused of.”
Mr Smollett vowed he would proceed to “struggle for the betterment of the lives of marginalised folks all over the place”.
The workplace of Cook dinner County State’s Legal professional Kimberly Foxx stated in an announcement: “After reviewing all the details and circumstances of the case, together with Mr Smollett’s volunteer service in the neighborhood and settlement to forfeit his bond to the Metropolis of Chicago, we imagine this end result is a simply disposition and applicable decision to this case.”
However based on the Chicago Solar-Instances, Chicago police Supt Eddie Johnson was not briefed on the choice to drop the costs.
A police division supply advised the newspaper the chief of police was “livid” as a result of the case was “rock strong”.
Mr Smollett voluntarily agreed to surrender his $10,000 (£7,500) bail cash, his lawyer stated, emphasising there had been no cope with state prosecutors.
His attorneys, Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes, stated in an announcement their consumer’s report “has been cleaned”.
“He was a sufferer who was vilified and made to seem as a perpetrator because of false and inappropriate remarks made to the general public inflicting an inappropriate rush to judgement,” the legal professionals stated.
“Jussie and lots of others had been damage by these unfair and unwarranted actions. The complete state of affairs is a reminder that there ought to by no means be an try to show a case within the court docket of public opinion.”
Mr Smollett stated he was attacked within the early hours on 29 January in downtown Chicago outdoors a sandwich store by two masked males who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him and put a rope spherical his neck.
He claimed they shouted: “That is Maga nation”, a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Nice Once more” marketing campaign slogan, and that at the least one of many assailants was white.
However Chicago police stated Mr Smollett had paid two brothers, each of whom are black, $3,500 to stage the assault as a result of he was “dissatisfied together with his wage” on the TV present.
His lawyer maintained outdoors court docket on Tuesday that the cheque was for diet and bodily coaching.
Ms Holmes additionally alleged that brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who apologised for “their involvement on this state of affairs” earlier this month, had been Mr Smollett’s attackers.
“We already know who attacked him,” the lawyer advised reporters. “The 2 brothers have stated that they attacked him.”
Authorities had additionally accused Mr Smollett of sending a racist and homophobic letter to himself at a Fox studio beforehand.
The US president lashed out final month on the actor on Twitter for his “racist and harmful feedback”.
Mr Smollett’s household stated in an announcement to US media on Tuesday that the actor had suffered a “heartbreaking” ordeal.
“Jussie is a son, a brother, a companion, a champion for human rights, and a real soul who would by no means be able to what he was falsely accused of,” stated their assertion.
“He was the sufferer of an assault after which falsely blamed for his personal assault. This morning reality has prevailed and he has been vindicated.”
Mr Smollett stars as a homosexual musician on Fox’s drama collection Empire, which follows the ups and downs of a family-owned hip-hop label.
The verified Twitter account of the writers’ workforce on Empire posted a celebratory tweet after Mr Smollett’s court docket look.