Taraji P. Henson Reacts to Jussie Smollett's Charges Being Dropped

And Smollett told a detective that at least one of the attackers was white, according to Chicago police.

Ta'Rhonda Jones, who portrays Porsha Taylor on "Empire", told Fox News: "We've always been in great spirits you know. what happens in the family stays in the family so I'm not at liberty to discuss family business". "This was not an exoneration". "He's saying he's innocent and his words aren't true". In a text message to a Smollett family member, Foxx confirmed that she had made the request.

"There are plenty of other cases ... over 5,700 that have gotten some type of alternative or deferred type of prosecution involving a dismissal at the end of the case", he said. Everyone we think committed crimes, didn't.

Jussie Smollett declared himself "a man of faith" after prosecutors dropped charges against the "Empire" actor.

The story of what happened to Smollett on that chilly night on January 29 has transfixed much of the nation for almost two months. Smollett said that masked attackers hit him and screamed "MAGA country" around 2 a.m. on a sub-zero morning in Chicago.

Now that charges have been dropped against Jussie Smollett, the "Empire" actor's attorney is trying to shift attention back on two brothers who told police they were paid by Smollett to help stage a racist, anti-gay attack on him. "I venture to say, even if he does get acting roles, they're probably not going to be productions".

The actor had initially been charged because it was believed that he lied about being the victim of a hate crime on the streets of Chicago. All that culminated in the surprise hearing Tuesday that shut the door on a case that intrigued the nation with its changing story lines.

On Wednesday his attorney claimed the two brothers said to have attacked him - whom Smollett was accused of having conspired with - were lying about having coordinated the beating.


In an interview with AP earlier this month, she said the brothers regretted their involvement.

Tuesday evening, just hours after learning of the State's Attorney's decision, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) issued a second letter to the United States Attorney's office in Chicago, calling for a Federal investigation into Kim Foxx's office, and suggesting that something unusual is happening among Chicago's prosecutors.

The initial news of the attack had prompted widespread sympathy for Smollett and outrage over the nature of the alleged crime.

Smollett himself said he had been "truthful and consistent on every single level since Day One". "He did this all in the name of self-promotion.This is a whitewash of justice", Emanuel said.

After that action, Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx recused herself from the case.

"Like most of you, I've seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I'm sad, frustrated and disappointed", Harris, who announced her 2020 run in late January, said at the time. "There was no political influence in this case", she said. "They were his trainers", Holmes said. "The public took that information and treated it as if it were true", she said.

Prosecutors offered little explanation when dropping the case, a move that infuriated Chicago's mayor and police chief. Tandra Simonton called it "a just disposition and appropriate resolution", but said it was not an exoneration.

Smollett forfeited his $10,000 bond and performed recent community service with the Rainbow Push Coalition.


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