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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out on Dropped Charges: I’ve Been ‘Truthful’ Since Day One

Jussie Smollett spoke to reporters on Tuesday after prosecutors in Chicago dropped all charges against the Empire actor who was accused of faking a hate crime.

He thanked friends, family and supporters, before insisting on his innocence.

“I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mothers son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of,” Smollett said. “This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life.”

“But I am a man of 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,” he added. “I just wouldn’t.”

Smollett concluded his remarks by thanking his legal team, the state of Illinois, and stating his desire to get back to his life, work and to “continue to fight for the justice and equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”

The 36-year-old actor was indicted on 16 felony charges last month for allegedly staging a hate crime earlier this year. Smollett claimed that while walking in Chicago late at night, he was attacked by two men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs, struck him and put a noose around his neck.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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