Jussie Smollett Update: Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against 'Empire' Actor After 'Emergency Court Appearance'

Empire actor Jussie Smollett is no longer facing charges in his alleged assault case after prosecutors dropped them on Tuesday.

Smollett, 36, was called Tuesday into an "emergency court appearance" where the Cook County State's Attorney's Office dropped the charges, WLS-TV reported. The actor and his lawyers were expected to speak with reporters following the sudden court appearance.

"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," Smollett's family said in a statement sent to Newsweek Tuesday.

"He was the victim of an assault and then falsely blamed for his own attack. This morning truth has prevailed, and he has been vindicated. All charges have been dismissed, and his record expunged," the statement said.

"The painful incidents we've witnessed him endure over the past seven weeks have been heartbreaking and unjust to say the least. While many were quick to rush to judgement 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," the statement concluded.

Smollett said he was attacked on January 29 in Chicago by two masked men shouting racial and homophobic slurs at him. The alleged attackers lashed at his head repeatedly and wrapped his head in a noose before fleeing the scene, according to the actor.

In February, he recounted this story to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America and defended his account of the attack, which was being questioned. "It's unbelievable to me that any of this has come to this. That every single thing that I have done, every single thing that I have cooperated with, somehow has gotten twisted into being some bull that it's not," he said.

Smollett was subsequently accused of staging his own attack and arrested on February 21. On March 8, he was hit with a 16-count indictment for disorderly conduct. Mark Geragos, one of Smollett's lawyer's, told CNN that the indictment was "nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines."

The controversy surrounding Smollett and his alleged attack resulted in his being pulled from the last two episodes for Empire's Season 5. On the Fox drama, he plays Jamal Lyon, the gay son of Terrence Howard's Lucious Lyon and Taraji Henson's Cookie Lyon.

On Tuesday, Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes, Smollett's lawyers, issued a statement about the dropped charges to Entertainment Tonight. "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," the statement said.

It went on: "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 judgment."

Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped
Actor Jussie Smollett is pictured leaving Leighton Criminal Courthouse after his court appearance on March 14, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images
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