Jussie Smollett is kicking off Tuesday as a free man.
In a shocking turn of events, all criminal charges against the Empire actor were dropped and his record was expunged Tuesday during an “emergency” court hearing.
Less than two weeks ago, Smollett plead not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct.
Back in January, Smollett said he was the victim of a racial and homophobic hate crime in downtown Chicago.
Prosecutors believed he hired the two men, who were extras on the hit FOX series, to stage the attack.
Smollett became Chicago’s biggest enemy, but it seems it’s all water under the bridge now.
Spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who recused herself from the case, said that potential witnesses to the crime may have benefitted Smollett.
Not only is Smollet’s record “wiped clean,” Judge Steven G. Watkins sealed the case file, and Smollett will forfeit the $10,000 bail he posted.
The Chicago Police Department had no comment.
Attorneys Glandian and Brown Holmes issued a statement after the hearing:
“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. Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case, Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result. Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career.”
Throughout the whole trial, Smollett maintained his innocence.
Smollett’s family, including his sister, actress Jurnee-Smollett Bell, gave a public statement celebrating his innocence and targeting those who wrongfully accused him.
“Our son and brother is an innocent man whose name and character has been unjustly smeared. Jussie is a son, a brother, a partner, a champion for human rights, and a genuine soul who would never be capable of what he was falsely accused of.”
They continued: “The painful incidents we’ve witnessed him endure over the past 7 weeks have been heartbreaking and unjust to say the least. While many were quick to rush to judgment before hearing the actual truth, we are grateful that the truth about Jussie has come to light.”
“We look forward to bringing the real perpetrators to justice. We thank God and our village for standing by us during this trying time,” they concluded.
It seems like we haven’t heard the last from Smollett.
His image in the public eye suffered after the public trial as did the FOX series. In fact, pending more information, Smollett was removed from the final five episodes of the season.
WATCH: Freeform Drops ‘The Bold Type’ Fifth and Final Season Trailer
Raise a glass to the final season of The Bold Type.
Freeform unleashed a trailer for the final 6 episodes of the fashion-focused drama and things are heating up between old flames, while new ones are also on the horizon.
Kat is still trying to get over her problematic hook-up with Ava, while her ex, Adeena, is back in her life.
After a disagreement about children, Sutton and Richard ended their brief marriage. But it seems that all is not lost as the teaser shows them having trouble letting go (and still hooking up).
I have faith that Sutton and Richard will figure it out because they’ve always been #relationshipgoals.
Jane’s continuing to find her voice and is possibly, definitely developing feelings for a writer that’s “under her.”
Watch the trailer below now:
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WATCH: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Trailer Focuses on Eleven’s Past
A new promo for the upcoming Stranger Things Season 4 is putting the focus back on Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
Netflix released a new video, which dives into Eleven’s dark and heartbreaking past.
It also marks the return of her “papa,” Dr. Martin Brenner.
The craziest part is that it seems like Eleven isn’t the only supernatural child in Hawkins. Do they have the same powers as she does?
Or is this exploring her origin story? A shot of the door marked “11” indicates that this may be a look into the past.
Watch the teaser now:
As fans patiently wait for new episodes — which were delayed due to COVID — a former teaser revealed that Hopper is alive and a prisoner in Russia.
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April showers didn’t just nourish the flowers, they brought a handful of exciting new movies and TV shows to your favorite streaming platforms and prime-time TV channels!
Here’s what will capture your attention during the month of May 2021!
Selena: The Series – (Netflix) May 4
The second part puts the spotlight back on the singer and details her struggles with fame.
Jupiter’s Legacy – Netflix (May 7)
Superheroes are assembling on Netflix this May. Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the series stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter and Ian Quinlan.
The Boy from Medellin – Amazon Prime (May 7)
In this documentary focused on global superstar J Balvin, you get a deeper sense of the “boy from Medellin” as it explores his rise to fame, his mental health, and the current political climate in his home country of Colombia.
Dynasty – The CW (May 7)
The Carrington family is the source of all of our Friday night drama. And the fourth season brings plenty of craziness along with Liam and Fallon’s wedding!
High School Musical: The Series – Disney+ (May 14)
It’s showtime! The second season is back with more singing!
The Bold Type – Freeform (May 26)
All good things must come to an end. And it’s time to say goodbye to Kat, Sutton, Jane, and all the memories we made at Scarlet Magazine. How will it all end? Tune in for the final season to find out.
M.O.D.O.K. – Hulu (May 21)
The Hulu Original Marvel animated series focuses on the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. who is struggling to maintain control over his evil organization.
Masters of None – Netflix (May 23)
Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed comedy returns for season 3!
Monster – Netflix (May 7)
The film, which debuted at Sundance in 2018, focuses on Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), an aspiring filmmaker who becomes implicated in a robbery-turned-murder and who fights for his justice. It also stars Jennifer Hudson.
The Woman in the Window – Netflix (May 14)
Amy Adams stars as a psychologist suffering from agoraphobia, who spies on her neighbors and witnesses a crime from her window that she becomes obsessed with solving. Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie also appear in the film.
Cruella – Disney+ (May 28)
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