Prosecutors have dropped all charges against US actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack.

The Empire star attended a court hearing in Chicago today, where a judge sealed the case.

Mr Smollett, 36, pleaded not guilty this month to 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police.
The city’s mayor assailed the prosecutors’ decision to drop the charges as a “whitewash of justice”.

Mr Smollett told reporters after his court appearance: “I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.

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