Breaking: All Criminal Charges Have Been Dropped Against Empire Star Jussie Smollett

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This is a story line where I and my family of bloggers refused to blog or comment about it, as we didn’t feel as if we had sufficient evidence, data to form an adequate picture of what happened.

Still, this 3/26/2019 breaking news about all criminal charges being dropped with all relevant records being immediately expunged against the Empire Starr Justice Smollett is startling news.

As per my recollection, there is still a related federal case regarding the sending via the US Postal Service, a letter with threatening content.

I will continue to update this post as more information becomes available.

JUSSIE SMOLETT/ (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

UPDATE ON 3/29/2019: As per the 3/28/2018 Inside Edition report, “When it comes to the Jussie Smollett case, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is telling President Trump to back off.”

On Thursday (3/28/2019) morning, Trump tweeted that how the case was handled “is an embarrassment to our nation.”

“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago,” he wrote. “It is an embarrassment to our nation!”

Donald J. Trump


FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!

“In response, Emanuel had a message for the president, saying, “Sit this one out. We don’t need you. Especially, given that you don’t know how the criminal justice system works and given what happened.”

“On the “Today” show, Smollett’s lawyer Tina Glandian,continued to insist the attack on the “Empire” actor was not a hoax and the dismissal of the charges against Smollett was justified. She said Smollett did not pay anyone to beat him up, as police had alleged. ”

“This wasn’t a very brutal attack, obviously, it was frightening and is something he did not deserve,” Glandian said. “He, at this point, again has been victimized much more by what’s happened afterward than what happened that night.”

The evidence/ data regarding the Smollett case has been sealed. His lawyers are saying he’s not planning any further action for now.

I’ve resisted coming to a determination about this case because nothing that’s happened makes sense.

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Here’s some history…

As per March 26, 2019 AP report, “Jussie Smollett’s attorneys say all criminal charges dropped” by Amanada Seitz and Michael Tarm, “Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that charges alleging he lied to police about a racist and homophobic attack have been dropped.”

“Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement that Smollett’s record “has been wiped clean.”

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“Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men.”

“Police and prosecutors have said the black and gay actor falsely reported to authorities that he was attacked around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 in downtown Chicago because he was unhappy with his pay on the Fox show and to promote his career.”

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“Smollett, who is black and gay, plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox TV show (Empire) that follows a black family as they navigate the ups and downs of the recording industry.”

“Smollett reported that he had been attacked on his way home from a sandwich shop. Smollett said two masked men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs, poured bleach on him, beat him and looped a rope around his neck. He claimed they shouted, “This is MAGA country” — a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. He asserted that he could see one of the men was white because he could see the skin around his eyes.”

“Police said Smollett hired two men, both of whom are black, to attack him. Police said Smollett paid the men $3,500.”

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“The men are brothers Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, and one of them had worked on “Empire.” An attorney for them has said the brothers agreed to help Smollett because of their friendship with him and the sense that he was helping their careers.”

“Police have also said that before the attack, Smollett sent a letter that threatened him to the Chicago studio where “Empire” is shot. The FBI, which is investigating that letter, has declined to comment on the investigation.”


My gut as opposed to President Trump is telling me that the following details contained in today’s New York Times report is not telling the entire tale.

As per the 3/26/2019 New York Times report, “All Charges Dropped Against ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett” by Sopan Deb,  (Chicago prosecutors) “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’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 Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement.”

“It did not elaborate on whether any new information had surfaced that weakened the case against Mr. Smollett or whether prosecutors had simply changed their mind about pursuing the case. Mr. Smollett’s bond payment was $10,000.”


In a statement, Anne Kavanagh, a spokeswoman for Mr. Smollett’s lawyers, said: “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 Jan. 29. 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.”

Link to entire report:  All Charges Dropped Against ‘Empire‘ Actor Jussie Smollett


  1. I cannot believe how infuriating it is to learn of this travesty of injustice. This pathetic person staged a hate crime which diminishes all other authentic crimes of a similar nature. I don’t give a damn if he’s already done community service, he needs to be held accountable and responsible for the misuse of law enforcement at the very least. Those who made this decision bring shame on the notion of justice.

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    • Dear SKLawlor,

      I and other bloggers have decided not to take sides on this story because, there’s something off about it.

      It’s the kind of story where too much information has not been forthcoming.

      I saw the Chicago PD press conference with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel present. The mayor kept referring to the grand jury which decided to indict but everyone knows that grand juries indict in 99.99% of the cases that the prosecutor is overseeing. But that’s the point. It’s the Chicago prosecutor’s office which is dropping all the charges.

      In addition the Chicago PD and the mayor have lost a lot of credibility over their handling of the Laquan McDonald murder. Because of their cover up, the city had to pay a fortune to the McDonald family.

      In short, we are still missing some key data.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • from twitter, and an appropriate question for this situation.

        “Is Jussie Smollett what privilege looks like?

        Asking for all the people who would have gone to prison for doing the same thing. And all the people in prison for lesser offenses.”

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        • Dear SK Lawlor,

          Chicago prosecutors are saying that Mr. Smollett wasn’t innocent. If a deal was cut, typically he would have been required to admit guilt. He went out of the courthouse touting his innocence.

          The Chicago prosecutor is an elected position but the head of this office recused herself. Some underling made this agreement but she/ he had to have gotten approval before proceeding. This whole scenario stinks to high heaven.

          Hugs, Gronda


      • Dear SKLawlor,

        There is definitely a two tiered justice system in this country. Those who are rich and White have a definite advantage.

        But in this instance, there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

        Hugs, Gronda


    • Dear Mary, Kim, SKLawlor,

      Can you believe that Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is asking the president to butt out from ordering an in dept probe as to what happened? Call me crazy, but what am I missing?

      I’ll update this post in a couple of more days. But for now, call me confused.

      Hugs, Gronda


  2. Dear Mary,

    That sounds about right. But I’m thinking that we are still missing some key data. I used to be part of the legal system as a Guardian ad Litem.

    If one views the court filings, there is no plea agreement. There is no specific community service that he’s been assigned to do. But 16 charges were dropped. I feel like I’m in an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ mirror where things are just not what they seem to be.

    Hugs, Gronda


  3. And what about the woman who dropped the charges…what’s her story? Anyone else would be in BIG trouble. Who is she and what’s her story?

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    • Dear Mary,

      There’s the other mystery. The underling who did this COULD NOT HAVE PROCEEDED to drop all charges without the okay from her superiors and everyone who works in this world knows this.

      Why would the Chicago Rahm Emmanuel not want FBI assistance to get to the bottom of this case? The president was ready to sign off on this. But Chicago officials are looking tough by sending bill to Mr. Smollett for $130,000 to pay for police OT incurred in investigating this case.

      Meanwhile, Mr.Smollett and his attorneys are touting his complete innocence.

      The records are sealed and can’t be unsealed without Mr. Smollett’s consent.

      This is NUTS. no one truly knows the answer to this mystery.

      And no, you can’t rely on the words of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, especially as he has spurned help from the FBI

      Hugs, Gronda.

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