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|TV/Movies / Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped, Actor Won't Be Prosecuted On Charges He Faked A by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 6:12pm On Mar 26, 2019|
Jussie Smollett charges dropped, actor won't be prosecuted on charges he faked attack
Calling himself a man of faith, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that he felt vindicated after a stunning reversal by the Cook County State's Attorney's office to drop all charges against him in an alleged hate crime hoax.
Smollett was accused of faking an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime in Chicago in order to drum up publicity for his role on the Fox drama.
Smollett, who posed with fans outside the courthouse, thanked his friends and family for standing by him. He also thanks the state of Illinois for "attempting to what's right."
"Not for a moment was it in vain. I've been truthful and consistent on every level since day one," he said. "I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of."
Smollett called the attack and the months that followed "an incredibly difficult time."
"Honestly, one of the worst of my entire life," he said. "But I am a man of faith and I'm a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family our lives, or the movement into a fire like this. I just wouldn't . Now I'd like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life. But make no mistake I will always continue to fight for justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere."
Smollett was initially charged with one count of lying to the authorities on Feb. 20. A few days later, a grand jury indicted him on 16 felony counts of lying to authorities — eight counts for what he told the officer who responded to the report of the Jan. 29 attack in downtown Chicago, and eight counts for what he later told a detective about being the victim of a brutal racist and homophobic beating by two masked men.
Smollett claimed two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a rope around his neck before yelling, "This is MAGA country."
A week before the alleged attack, Smollett told authorities he received a threatening letter at work. Chicago police pushed back and accused Smollett of faking the letter as well.
Fox News learned the judge on Tuesday granted a nolle pros, which essentially means that the case has been dropped and that Smollett will no longer be prosecuted for the alleged crime.
It's unclear at this time why the court decided not to proceed with prosecution.
Typically, a minimum condition of dropping cases is some acceptance of responsibility. In a statement, the Cook County prosecutors' office offered no detailed explanation.
"After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case," the statement from spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
Smollett paid $10,000 in bail to get out of jail after his arrest.
Among the unanswered questions was whether prosecutors still believe Smollett concocted the attack and whether new evidence emerged that altered their view of events.
Doubt was cast on the open-and-shut nature of the case when Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham wrote the Justice Department following reports that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx asked Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate Smollett's allegations that he was attacked by two masked men after the former chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama allegedly informed Foxx that Smollett's family had concerns about the probe.
According to local reports, Johnson was blindsided by Tuesday's events and is expected to address the situation later in the day.
Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement that Smollett's record "has been wiped clean."
Anne Kavanaugh, the crisis manager the actor hired, said Smollet is a "victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement."
A rep for Fox, which produces and airs "Empire," said the studio and network had no immediate comment.
A spokeswoman for Cook County prosecutors didn't immediately respond to messages requesting comment.
|Sports / Re: Ufc's Mcgregor Says In Tweet That He's Retiring by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 5:11pm On Mar 26, 2019|
I actually do not think you’re lying. That’s the truth. He has the gate numbers and the PPVs on this side. It’s a complete dominance. I heard McGregor made 100m dollars from that fight. He’s made for life!
|Music/Radio / Justin Bieber Stepping Away From Music Because Of 'deep Rooted Issues by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 3:13pm On Mar 26, 2019|
Justin Bieber is focusing on his mental health right now, not music.
In a lengthy Instagram post on Monday the singer explained that he sees the messages from his followers expressing a desire for a new album.
"I've toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don't deserve that and you don't deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour," he wrote.
Bieber released his "Purpose" album in 2015 and two years later ended his tour early "due to unforeseen circumstances."
At the time he posted a letter on Instagram to explain the tour cancellation.
"I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind heart and soul to be sustainable," Bieber wrote then. "So that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be and the father I want to be."
Sine then Bieber has married model Hailey Baldwin and his new note mentions how he's trying to deal with his "deep rooted issues" to help his new marriage.
"I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don't fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be," he wrote.
The former teen idol added "Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health."
"I will come with a kick a** album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable.... the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so," Bieber said. "But I will come with a vengeance believe that."
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|Sports / Ufc's Mcgregor Says In Tweet That He's Retiring by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 3:05pm On Mar 26, 2019|
UFC star Conor McGregor announced his unexpected retirement from mixed martial arts in a post on social media in the early hours of Tuesday.
The announcement came just hours after McGregor, 30, told "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in a pre-taped interview that he and the UFC were negotiating a potential return to the Octagon in July.
"We're in talks for July," McGregor said in his Tonight Show appearance. "We'll see what happens, a lot of politics going on. The fight game is a mad game. But like I said, to my fans, I am in shape and I am ready.
"I have done my piece for the company. I don't necessarily need to fight. I am set for life. My family is set for life. We are good, but I am eager to fight. So, we'll see what happens. I'm staying ready."
UFC president Dana White told ESPN that McGregor's retirement "totally makes sense." White also said he believes the announcement is legitimate.
"He has the money to retire, and his [Proper 12] whiskey is KILLIN it," White said via text message. "It totally makes sense. If I was him, I would retire too. He's retiring from fighting. Not from working. The whiskey will keep him busy, and I'm sure he has other things he's working on.
"He has been so fun to watch!!! He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him, and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the Octagon as he was in it."
McGregor (21-4) has "retired" on social media before. In April 2016, he announced on Twitter, "I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya's later."
At that time, McGregor and the UFC were in negotiations regarding a potential fight at UFC 200. McGregor ultimately did not fight at UFC 200, but he appeared in the Octagon one month later in a highly profitable second fight against his rival Nate Diaz.
McGregor's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
|Politics / Breaking: Tinubu Steps Down As A National Leader Of APC, Give Reasons by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 4:16am On Mar 26, 2019|
Former Lagos State Governor and National leader of APC who has been a back bone of APC since 2015, speaks on stepping down as a National leader.
READ ALSO: How I stopped Tinubu from becoming vice president in 2015 – Saraki
Tinubu steps down
He said he has worked hard, build people in Nigeria politics, it is time for him to stay as an elder statesman, no more following candidates campaigning up and down
|Music/Radio / Fans Are Asking Of Mister May D by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 8:27pm On Nov 28, 2017|
So a fan just asked of the music crooner, seems all is not well with the silk former PSqaure entertainment artist
See his epic reply
|Properties / Re: Looking For A Self Contain Apartment In Aba by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 12:11pm On Oct 06, 2017|
adonbilivit:I have since left that job in Aba and relocated out of the country
|Romance / Re: How I Bleeped My Neighbors Wife Yesterday.. by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 9:39pm On Sep 15, 2017|
In addition to the last post she is also a marine spirit, your destiny just evaporated with the pussy! I really don't know how we can help you now cos you are now unfortunate! Who can help?
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|Celebrities / Re: Lady Seeks For Advice On How To Dump Fruit Seller Who Sent Her To College by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 11:01pm On Aug 08, 2017|
If by now after all the years he is still a truck driver and has no ambition to help himself through self development or education. Dump his ass with a cheque of N5m,
Trust me he won't be too sad. Never leave him empty handed the swear from Armageddon will never leave you���
|Romance / Re: American Woman Who Met Nigerian Man Online by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 12:49am On Jun 27, 2017|
Thanks Guys, you all saved a lady's buck, time and emotional feelings. We should be proud of ourselves. I think she's smarter with this experience. @Redgal thanks for sharing your time with all of us. Hopefully we can still read from you. Lol
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|Romance / Re: American Woman Who Met Nigerian Man Online by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 5:40am On Jun 26, 2017|
This is deep. It could be on either sides both more on the parts of insincerity.
I live in the DMV. Am Nigerian i know about the struggle of Africans but ill rather thread cautions in offering my advice.
If it would be of any help, PM me lets talk .
|Romance / Re: A Runs Girl Is In Love With Me, How Do I Send Her Away? - Please Advice Me by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 1:50am On Apr 25, 2017|
OP you dey madt gon!!!!!! Idiot
|Travel / Re: Confused About Which State To Live In America by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 3:33am On Mar 31, 2017|
Am in MD, looks nice for me!!!!
|Celebrities / Re: Humblesmith Prostrates To Greet 2face As Sign Of Humility by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 11:50pm On Mar 30, 2017|
|Romance / Re: My Husband Does Only One Round & Cums Early by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 11:50pm On Mar 12, 2017|
This conversation is getting dumb and messy.
Thanks for the time on this discussion.
|Romance / Re: My Husband Does Only One Round & Cums Early by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 11:43pm On Mar 11, 2017|
I beg to completely disagree with you, that a lady has issues with sex in her marriage is a product of a failed lifestyle and morality. I repeat my dear, there is nothing like "cuming to early or one rounds' in days of old and i mean in the early 1900-1965. This generation has degenerated to almost a complete waste where issues like this are discussed and other stupid conversations like Gay/Lesbianism and homosexuality have the floor.
Tell me why are you so unfair and wicked to advise her to quit her marriage because her man cums early or doesn't last beyond a round?
Do you think the man is even ok with that condition? don't you realize he is trying to help his situation and all that?
We need to all grow up![b][/b]
|Jokes Etc / @officialefcc at Their Hilarious Best by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 11:28pm On Mar 11, 2017|
These Guys can not stop making a complete fool of themselves....
Could their handle really be a parody account?
|Romance / Re: My Husband Does Only One Round & Cums Early by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 5:57am On Mar 10, 2017|
Quit been Petty in arguments and delusional in reasoning. You can't speak for all women, it's not your right and place.
A woman can be satisfied if she wants to! You are married to a man not cos of sex for for fulfillment and compatibility.
I hate to see some writes up that are not spiced with not even an atom of wisdom.
Quote me and wake the Angel within!!!!
|Celebrities / Re: Kemi Olunloyo Speaks On Freeze & Uche Maduagwu Fight (Video) by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 5:47am On Mar 10, 2017|
I think this is fantastic!! Of all the women shaaa, it had to be #HnnAfrica Madam Kemi, am impressed!!!!
Tough times indeed do not last, TOUGH PEOPLE DO
|Celebrities / Re: Kemi Olunloyo Steps In To Settle The Fight Between Uche Maduagwu And Daddy Freez by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 5:43am On Mar 10, 2017|
Absolutely!!! This particular beef is not worth the salts.
In other news, am kinda liking this #hnnAfrica woman shaaa.
Big up to honest discourse.
|Romance / Re: Anyone In Maryland, Washington Dc, Virginia Please Come In!! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 1:31pm On Feb 13, 2017|
Next time don't bomb into others thread without purpose!
|Romance / Re: Anyone In Maryland, Washington Dc, Virginia Please Come In!! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 2:55am On Feb 13, 2017|
i'll keep a tab on the name.
Nice day buddy!
|Travel / Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 2:21am On Feb 12, 2017|
Yeah as you hav been advised, go through this thread, it has a lot of relevant stuffs, that helped me settle in quickly. (for the bashers - i came in Nov, so am still relatively fresh)
|Travel / Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 2:19am On Feb 12, 2017|
Not really, his descriptn is apt. and thats talking from current experience.
|Romance / Re: Anyone In Maryland, Washington Dc, Virginia Please Come In!! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 2:16am On Feb 12, 2017|
|Romance / Re: Anyone In Maryland, Washington Dc, Virginia Please Come In!! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 2:15am On Feb 12, 2017|
LA, is quite far
Except if i have reason to come there in Winter Springs
|Romance / Re: Anyone In Maryland, Washington Dc, Virginia Please Come In!! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 2:14am On Feb 12, 2017|
Sorry for people who thought you were somebody
|Romance / Re: Anyone In Maryland, Washington Dc, Virginia Please Come In!! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 2:13am On Feb 12, 2017|
|Romance / Re: Anyone In Maryland, Washington Dc, Virginia Please Come In!! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 2:13am On Feb 12, 2017|
We cool together naaa!
if you not too occupied, we could grab a drink together
|Romance / Re: Anyone In Maryland, Washington Dc, Virginia Please Come In!! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 12:22am On Feb 11, 2017|
I understand how it feels
|Romance / Anyone In Maryland, Washington Dc, Virginia Please Come In!! by ChibuzoIkenna(m): 12:04am On Feb 11, 2017|
If you around, these areas...MD,DC,VA, Baltimore and the likes holla, lets connect, Man/Woman..... no preferences
But if you really pretty and wanna have a buddy around. PM me lets make it real. lolz
For starters i stay at Suitland, close to District Heights, MD
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