Jussie Smollett after a brief appearance in a courtroom where prosecutors dropped the charges for allegedly staging racist and homophobic attack against himself, addressed the media.
He told reporters he was thankful to everyone who stood by him, and that he wouldn’t have put his family “through a fire like this” for a lie.
“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since Day One,” Smollett said before leaving the court building. “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”
Smollett said he wanted to move on with his life, adding that he “will always continue to fight for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”
A grand jury indicted Smollett earlier this month on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct after what police said was weeks of painstaking investigation. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied any involvement in orchestrating an attack.
But Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent reacted angrily to the news — and said they still believed Smollett’s story was a hoax.
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