Jussie Smollett was obviously pleased the charges against him were dropped on Tuesday but he was never worried about the case going trial because he was always “confident” he would emerge victorious.
Sources close to Smollett tell The Blast that the “Empire” star was never considering a plea deal in the case. We’re told Smollett was always adamant in his belief that all charges against him should be dropped.
We’re told prosecutors turned over discovery in the case and none of the evidence they had against Smollett changed his mind one iota.
Our sources say Smollett’s legal team never believed the Osundairo brothers would make credible witnesses at trial and felt their story was “inconsistent.”
Jussie Smollett’s legal team, we’re told, always believed that prosecutors were “not ready for primetime” and the 16 felony charges against Smollett were “ridiculous” to begin with.
Prosecutors in Chicago surprised everyone on Tuesday when they dropped all charges against the “Empire” star over allegations he lied to police in faking an alleged hate crime against himself.
The Office of Cook County State’s Attorney released a statement saying, “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.”
Smollett spoke to the media after the charges were dropped and maintained that he has been telling the truth about his attack since the beginning. He, “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 have been accused of.”