All charges have been dropped against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, ET Canada can confirm.
The star hit headlines worldwide after being accused of filing a false police report and allegedly faking a racially motivated attack against himself.
However, on Tuesday morning Smollett’s attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes released a statement to confirm his record had been “wiped clean.”
The message read: “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 29th.”
“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 judgement.”
It continued, “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.”
His attorney also held a press conference following the latest developments.
Smollett spoke following his attorney, telling reporters: “First of all I want to thank my family, my friends. No one will know how much [the support] has meant to me.”
“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level from day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of [doing] what I was accused of,” he added, before saying it had been one of the worst times of his entire life.
The actor ended his speech by saying, “I would like nothing more than to get back to work and get on with my life.”
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office released a statement to ET on Tuesday: “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 bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”
The news comes after Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct on March 14.
It was previously reported that Smollett had allegedly paid two brothers $3,500 to carry out the supposed hoax attack.
He also reportedly gave them $100 to buy the rope, ski masks, and other equipment for the Jan. 29 attack.
After it was reported Smollett had been removed from the final “Empire” episodes, writers of the show posted:
A statement from 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment also read: “Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified on his behalf that all charges against him have been dismissed.”