- American actor, Jussie Smollett, has been released after being charged for allegedly filing a fake police report
- Smollet was facing a 16-count charge which was dropped on 26 March with his records wiped clean
- The actor was first arrested on 21 February and accused of faking a hate attack against himself
It has been an interesting roller-coaster ride for American actor, Jussie Smollett, who went from being one of the stars of TV series, Empire, to being in police custody for allegedly faking a hate attack on himself.
Recall that the internet, including many celebrities, had been disturbed upon hearing news that Smollett was reportedly a victim of a homophobic attack in Chicago. However, several claims later stated that the actor might have staged the attack, which he denied.
In February, Smollett, who had faced much criticism for allegedly faking such an attack, was taken into police custody and accused of filing a false report. He was then facing a 16-count charge, which many stated could land him a long jail sentence if found guilty.
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In what seems like a shock to millions of people who have followed the case keenly, the actor was released on 26 March and had all his charges dropped. It was gathered that the actor also had his records wiped clean.
In a clip shared by ABC News on Twitter, Smollet can be heard stating that he is not guilty of doing that which he was accused of.
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Meanwhile, actor Terrence Howard, who played the role of Smollett's father, took to social media to show his support for his onscreen son amid allegations of his staged attack.
Howard had posted a video of the actor who was spotted rocking a giggling baby boy. He accompanied his video post with a caption in which he made it known that the actor’s friends were all strongly behind him for what he was going through.
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