On Tuesday, March 26th, the long and drawn out Jussie Smollett case came to a surprising end. The “Empire” actor, 36, was cleared of all charges related to a hate crime hoax that he reportedly staged to advance his acting career.
Following news of the charges being dropped, Smollett made a bombshell statement that left the public in shock. He is still trying to convince the public of his innocence even after all of the evidence stacked against him.
Experts predict that regardless of the charges being dropped, Smollett’s career is “over.” His high-profile case shed a negative light on him — leaving both Republicans and Democrats in extreme disappointment, especially of the outcome.
"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,” Smollett began. “I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of."
“This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life,” he added. “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.”
After thanking his legal counsel and the state of Illinois for “attempting to do what’s right,” he said his hope is to return to work and continue fighting for justice and equality. He ended his statement with a “thank you” to God.
Watch Smollett’s full statement in the video clip below:
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