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On Thursday, city officials wrote Smollett that he could be prosecuted for making false statements if he fails to repay the roughly $130,000 cost of the police's probe into his alleged hate hoax in the next seven days. "I know. What a waste of light skin, you know?"

Foxx has defended her office's handling of the case, saying there was nothing unusual about disposing of the case without a guilty plea, even though prosecutors stand by the decision to indict Smollett.

"I hope he gets the help he needs", Oh says.

"They said no Jussie Smollett jokes", Rock said. "I got attacked... again". From now on I ain't never gonna (say) no Jussie - you're a Jessie from now on.

Prosecutors admitted while they are no longer charging Smollett, they believe he staged the fake hate crime.

"I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one", he said.

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But Cheryl Juaire, whose 23-year-old son Corey died of an overdose in 2011, said she was devastated to hear about the settlement. Sandy Coats, an attorney for Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Smollett lost the NAACP Image Award to "Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams.

The "Empire" actor, who is African-American and openly gay, has said he was walking from a Subway sandwich shop to his apartment in the 300 block of East North Water Street around 2 a.m. January 29 when two men wearing masks attacked him, shouted racial and homophobic slurs and placed a noose around his neck.

"I think it makes it more hard for a friendly disposition because they're going to be extremely reluctant to admit they brought these cases with scant evidence or that there are any other problems", Greenberg told TMZ.

The rival events stem from Foxx's office dropping all 16 counts of disorderly conduct against Smollett, after he performed two days of community service and forfeited his $10,000 bail. Before entering his plea, his character was pulled in February from the final two episodes of Empire Season 5, where he played Jamal Lyon. Smollett said the assailants placed a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him, according to police.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police joined a group of protesters outside Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx's office in Chicago on Monday over the decision to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett.

Sharpton said "there is a marked difference between how they reacted to this and how they reacted to the Laquan McDonald case".

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