As previously reported, Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself and filing a false police report earlier this year. On Tuesday morning, he arrived at the Cook County courthouse for an emergency hearing, after which it was revealed that all of the charges he had been facing were dropped and his record wiped clean.
"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," a statement from lawyers Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes read. "Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29."
The "Empire" actor released a statement following his lawyer's announcement, touching on how difficult the past two months have been since the alleged attack at the end of January.
"This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly one of the worst of my entire life," he shared in a statement. "But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn't."
Outside of the courtroom, he reportedly added, "I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused of."
Thousands took to Twitter to react to the reversal, with many weighing in on how the situation cost both Smollett and the Chicago police department their reputations. Others voiced how the situation seems odd, while others stirred up a conversation regarding privilege and racial commentary.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office didn't offer an in-depth explanation as to why the 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct were dropped. Parts of the case will also be sealed.
Taking to Twitter, the official writer's room account for "Empire" celebrated the news, writing, "See y'all Wednesday."
Take a look at some reactions to the news Jussie Smollett's charges have been dropped in the posts below.
Something tells me that Trump fans won't be so quick to accept the "exoneration" of Jussie Smollett.— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) March 26, 2019
I'm sure the discussion on Twitter dot com today regarding Jussie Smollett and the clearing of charges against him will be nuanced, salient, and purposeful.— Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer) March 26, 2019
I just want to know what actually happened. https://t.co/jrqpKXSMkJ— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 26, 2019
Aunt Becky showing up to Jussie Smollett’s attorneys’ office like pic.twitter.com/I0NkWbPzdK— Alex Aferiat (@aaferiat) March 26, 2019
If Jussie isn't cast in the Lifetime movie of this debacle, then what are we doing, honestly.— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 26, 2019
I can't quite put my finger on it... but I feel like Jussie Smollett had a Chicago PD "Get of Jail Free Card." pic.twitter.com/HR4vxxAIxZ— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 26, 2019
If Jussie Smollett is not guilty of filing a false report, there is no such thing as filing a false report— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) March 26, 2019
so jussie smollett can get 16 felonies dropped while people are still sitting in prison for weed possession? lol k.— MJ (@morganisawizard) March 26, 2019
Last month, everybody knew Jussie was lying the whole time. Today, everybody knew he was telling the truth the whole time. Gotta love Twitter.— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) March 26, 2019
Jussie went from the gay Tupac to the Gay OJ— Driadonna.com (@DreeTV) March 26, 2019
Imagine rushing to believe the Chicago police https://t.co/swq0ouoaq9— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) March 26, 2019
Jussie Smollett, all charges dropped.— Tim Pool (@Timcast) March 26, 2019
But he still has to forfeit his bond and had to do community service?
wtf is this?
This is them saying he is guilty and at the same time saying all charges dropped?