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Charges against "Empire" star Jussie Smollett dropped

Washington - US actor Jussie Smollett, who, according to the police, invented a racist and homophobic attack against him, no longer has to answer to court for the time being. The prosecution dropped the charges against the 36-year-old actor from the drama series "Empire", US media reported on Tuesday, citing his lawyers.

Smollett was arrested in February on suspicion of false testimony to the police. According to investigators, he paid two men to fake the attack against him. According to the police, the homosexual African American wanted to advance his career. Smollett, who was charged on 16 counts, pleaded not guilty in the case and was released for the time being after paying bail.

"Unfair and Unjustified Actions"

Smollett's file "was washed clean of this tragic charge," his lawyers told USA Today. Smollett had been vilified and prematurely condemned. These "unfair and unjustified acts" hurt Smollett and other people. "Jussie is relieved to have this case behind him and is really excited to focus on his family, friends and career."

The "Empire" producers had removed Smollett's character from the drama series. It's about a fictional hip-hop label and a power struggle within the founder's family. Smollett played the singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon, who as one of three brothers is temporarily brought into position as the new chairman of the label. It was initially unclear whether "Empire" would be extended by a sixth season and whether the character Jamal would continue to appear in it.