Jussie Smollett Gives Emotional Statement After Charges Against Him Are Dropped

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All charges have been dropped against Jussie Smollett. 

The embattled Empire star held a press conference shortly after the news broke, and he had a lot to say about the ordeal.

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“First of all, I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have supported me, prayed for me, who showed me so much love,” Smollett began.

“No one will ever know how much that has meant to me, and I will be forever grateful.”

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He continued, “I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since Day One. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I have been accused of."

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"This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith, and I am a man that has knowledge of my history, and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn’t.”

“I want to thank my legal counsel from the bottom of my heart, and I would also like to thank the state of Illinois for attempting to do what’s right."

"I would like nothing more than to get back to work and move on with my life, but make no mistake, I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality, and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”

Here's the full video of the press conference.

Jussie sought treatment after he said he was attacked while walking from a Subway store to his apartment on January 29.

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The actor said the two men yelled racial and homophobic insults at him, wrapped a noose around his neck and poured a chemical substance over him.

He went on to say they yelled, "This is MAGA country," clearly about President Donald Trump's campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again."

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While the incident was treated as a hate crime initially, the police later turned their focus to Smollett when two brothers who were supposedly his attackers told police that Smollett paid them to stage the attack.

He was then charged by Chicago Police who said at the time that he staged the attack because he was unhappy with his empire salary.

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