Jussie Smollett case: All the questions we need answered, and why his career is still “over”
Prosecutors claim he has not been exonerated and has accepted community service. Defense attorneys, however, claim his record has been wiped clean of the charges against him.
By Priyanka Sundar
On Tuesday, the prosecutors in the Jussie Smollett case suddenly dropped charges against the ‘Empire’ actor. He was accused of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, and on February 14 the actor had pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutors’ decision came as a surprise to many, especially the mayor of Chicago and the police department, and the fact that the charges were dropped without citing specific reasons has further increased speculations surrounding the case and what really happened.
The defense attorney’s statement to the press was, “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 29. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment.”
Police’s investigation shifted after they spoke to the brothers who allegedly attacked Smollett. Brothers Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo claimed that they were paid $3,500 to stage the attack. It was also reported that one of them was also cast as a side character on ‘Empire’ proving prior relationship with the actor.
These facts added to the absence of a record of the attack resulted in Smollett being booked on charges of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on February 21.