Dropped Jussie Smollett Charges Draw Anger
Calling it “a whitewash of justice,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel slammed the decision by state prosecutors not to pursue criminal charges against the Empire actor. Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct after police said he paid two brothers to stage a homophobic and racist attack. “This was not an exoneration,” said state attorney Joe Magats. Smollett has maintained he’s innocent.
Is he off the hook? Not yet: The FBI is still investigating a threatening letter Smollett allegedly received, while some experts believe civil suits may also be forthcoming.