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Smollett cleared of all charges

Jussie Smollett cleared of all fraud charges.
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Actor Jussie Smollett, who stood accused of staging a hate crime and filing a phony police report, was cleared of all charges on Tuesday reports CNN

His attorneys say, "He was 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 judgment." 

Smollett appeared in Chicago's Cook County courthouse on Tuesday morning. 

Chicago police were adamant last month that they had information which could show that the attack was all a "hoax." 

The actor pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct on March 14. 

His attorneys are affirming that Smollett was attacked on the night of Jan 29, and that he was judged unfairly by society before his day in court.

"This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion," the statement reads. "That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.

"Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career."