Prosecutors have dropped charges against Jussie Smollett who allegedly staged a hate crime against himself to promote his career. Smollett argued that the accusations were false. The prosecutors said they stood by the evidence that he had faked the attack, but they believed the outcome of the case was fair. The dismissal angered the Chicago police superintendent and mayor.
撤诉: to withdraw charges
辱骂: to abuse and insult
聘请: to hire
歧视: to discriminate
撤訴: to withdraw charges
辱罵: to abuse and insult
聘請: to hire
歧視: to discriminate
Prosecutors have abandoned criminal charges against actor Jussie Smollett, accused of staging a hate crime.
Smollett told authorities that two men attacked him in downtown Chicago on Jan. 29.
By Smollett’s account, the men beat him up and poured bleach on him while yelling racist and homophobic insults.
The Chicago police investigated the case and found that Smollett had paid a pair of brothers $3,500 to perform the assault.
The investigators determined that Smollett planned the incident as a self-promotion strategy.
Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 felony charges related to his allegedly false report.
He said, “I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed anger that the case was dismissed.
Emanuel said that Smollett’s actions could increased the difficulty of bringing justice to hate crime victims.
Before the charges were dropped, Smollett agreed to perform community service and to forfeit the $10,000 he had paid for release from jail.
First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats told the New York Times that the prosecutors stood by the charges but thought dismissing the case was fair. Magats said, “I don’t see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety.”