Jussie Smollet arrives back in Los Angeles after being vindicated by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office which dropped all charges against the Empire actor.
Smollet was first spotted leaving Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after all charges were dropped against him for staging a hate crime to improve his career.
Jussie looked carefree as he made his way through the airport on his way back to Los Angeles. He was seen by himself carrying a large Polo Sports duffle bag and wallet wearing a grey scarf, black coat, black jeans, and white sneakers. He wore mirrored aviator sunglasses and a baseball cap for his airplane ride.
A witness exclusively tells Hollywood Pipeline that Smollett was allowed to go right through security at Chicago airport and appeared to be in a great mood.
His arrival to Los Angeles was more high profile than his exit out of Chicago. The actor was spotted with a large entourage at LAX that included a large bodyguard and a few handlers that helped him walk safely to his ride. As he exited, he was asked if he has a message for his fans. He replied “My fans know how much I love them.”
The troubled actor has a lot to smile about after being allowed to count his 2 days of community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond in return for the case being dropped.
Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department condemned the decision by Cook County State’s Attorney to dismiss the charges against the actor who they insist committed the heinous crime of staging a hate crime to better his career.
The mayor was so outraged at Smollett’s dismissal he went on CNN to talk about it – ‘To me, it makes no sense. It makes no legal sense, no common sense and this is an abomination in my sense of justice,’ he told the news organization, ‘the say [Attorneys Office] his guilty of this hoax, he’s walking around, ‘I did nothing wrong!”
"Do you believe that he is innocent?" CBS reporter @adrianasdiaz asks First Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Joseph Magats about dropping charges against Jussie Smollett. "I do not believe he is innocent," Magats responds. pic.twitter.com/NEWZuD2aBe
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) March 26, 2019
The Attorney’s office released a statement confirming the mayor’s complaint that just because they dismissed Smollett’s case it doesn’t make him innocent.
Prosecuting attorney Joseph Magats released an official statement on the matter – ‘After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case,’ including Mr. Smollett’s performance of community service and an agreement to forfeit his $10,000 bond payment, ‘we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution’.
Jussie Smollet, for his part, stands by his innocence – “I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was guilty of one drop of what I was accused of. This has been an incredible difficult time, one of the worst of my entire life…now I’d like nothing more than just get back to work and move on with my life.”