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Actor Jussie Smollett gestures as he leaves Cook County Court after his charges were dropped Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago. (Paul Beaty/AP)
Actor Jussie Smollett gestures as he leaves Cook County Court after his charges were dropped Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago. (Paul Beaty/AP)
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With Meghna Chakrabarti

In a reversal, prosecutors on Tuesday abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, after the “Empire” actor was accused of lying to police about hate crime.


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NPR: "Prosecutors Drop Charges Against 'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett, Angering Police" — "Prosecutors are dropping all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, in a surprising and controversial move that exposed a stark fault line between Chicago's local authorities and their county and state counterparts. The decision Tuesday appears to clear Smollett of allegations that he filed a false police report earlier this year when the actor, who is gay and black, claimed that he was attacked in Chicago in a possible hate crime.

"Prosecutors in Cook County, Ill., said they would not pursue the grand jury indictment against Smollett, which returned 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct against him last month. Tuesday's decision, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, had to do, in part, with the actor's community service and bond payment to the city.

"'After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollet's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his [$10,000] bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,' the office led by State's Attorney Kim Foxx said in a statement emailed to NPR."

Madeleine D'Angelo produced this segment for broadcast.

This segment aired on March 27, 2019.

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