CHICAGO (CBS) — Less than two weeks after "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police about a hate crime, prosecutors have dropped charges in the case.
"I would not be my mothers son if I was capable of doing what I was accused of," Smollett said after prosecutors dropped all the charges. "I'd like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life, but make no mistakes I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality, and betterment of marginalized people everywhere."
Smollett thanked his family, friends, and fans for their prayers and support after his arrest last month.
"I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain, I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life, but I am a man of a faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn't," he said.
He also thanked prosecutors for "attempting to do what's right."
"I am a man of faith, I am a man who has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement through a fire like this," he said.