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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Prosecutor says dropping charges against Smollett ‘was not an exoneration’

A minimum requirement for the dropping of charges is typically that a defendant accepts some responsibility and offers an apology.

Actor Jussie Smollett (Paul Beaty/AP)
Actor Jussie Smollett (Paul Beaty/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Prosecutors say a stunning decision to drop charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett does not mean they no longer believe he staged a racial and homophobic attack against him in January.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats told reporters that he still believes Smollett filed a false police report.

He says prosecutors “stand behind the investigation and the facts”, and added that “this was not an exoneration”.

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Actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County Court after his charges were dropped (Paul Beaty/AP)

A minimum requirement for the dropping of charges is typically that a defendant accepts some responsibility and offers an apology.

But speaking after prosecutors told a judge they were dropping all charges, Smollett conceded nothing and did not apologise.

He insisted he had been “truthful and consistent on every single level since day one”.

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