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Charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped, one month after he was accused of faking a racist, homophobic attack, in which he was the victim, and lying to police about it. They're getting beat up, they're getting bullied, and things like that.

It's the prosecution's, the state of IL that made a decision to come forward and charge Mr. Smollett with 16 counts, 16 separate counts from the same incident. The alleged attackers reportedly hit him in the head repeatedly and wrapped a noose around his neck before fleeing.

Within days, police said the brothers were considered suspects in the attack.

Smollett is shown leaving court on Tuesday after having all 16 felony counts against him dropped.

With all the hubbub surrounding Jussie Smollett and his allegedly staged attack, it was surprising to hear that he had gotten off scot-free this week.

On Tuesday, the IL state attorney's office suddenly dropped the charges and his record was wiped clean, his lawyers said.

IL prosecutor Joe Magats said the charges were dropped because Jussie forfeited a $10,000 (£7,600) bond payment and carried out community service.

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Smollett was not required to admit wrongdoing or apologise, and he immediately told reporters that he was innocent. Smollett said the $3,500 paid to the brothers was for fitness training.

Not only was Smollett not held accountable for wasting thousands of man-hours of the Chicago PD's time and money - no small matter in such a high-crime city - but his record was sealed and the charges dropped. "We're weighing our options", she said on Good Morning America. "In mid-February, the US Postal Inspection Service said that it was helping the FBI in an investigation into a suspicious letter that was addressed to Smollett and arrived January 22 at Cinespace Studios in Chicago, where "Empire" is filmed".

And Republican State Representative Michael McAuliffe released a statement on Tuesday announcing plans to introduce legislation this week to prohibit any production with Smollett from receiving the Illinois Film Tax Credits.

Authorities alleged that Smollett, who is black and gay, knew the men and arranged for them to pretend to attack him as a publicity stunt. "That's completely false and I have seen the phone records and they've been produced".

But Wednesday, Foxx sent an email to staff asking for them to come up with examples to prove her story.

The brothers could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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