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Empire writers have hit out at Chicago journalists, claiming that they've been reporting 'false information' since news that Jussie Smollett was attacked by two men yelling 'this is MAGA country' broke in January.
A month after the attack, Chicago police arrested Smollett, claiming he made the whole thing up. He was then charged with 16 counts of of disorderly conduct.
Charges - Tuesday - Outrage - Chicago - Police
But those charges were dropped on Tuesday, prompting outrage from Chicago police and the city's mayor.
The news was also relieving to several celebrities who had stood behind the actor since January's incident.
Tuesday - Empire - Writer - Cameron - Johnson
On Tuesday, Empire writer, Cameron Johnson, slammed ABC 7 journalist, Rob Elgas for his coverage.
'You reported a bunch of false information and never retracted it,' Johnson tweeted at Elgas.
Job - Leaks - Beneath
'Do your job, yes. But reporting on leaks that have been proven false is beneath you,' he added.
Also on Tuesday, the Twitter account for Empire Writers tweeted a CNN report that the charges against Smollett had been dropped with the caption: '[sic] see y’all Wednesday. #empire #empirefox.'
Just - Hours - Charges - First - Assistant
Just hours after the charges were dropped, First Assistant State's Attorney Joe Magats, admitted that he does not believe the actor is innocent.
Magats claimed he dropped the case because the actor has no criminal background.
'I - Magats - CBS - Tuesday - Afternoon
'I do not believe he is innocent,' Magats told CBS on Tuesday afternoon.
Magats said that he thought Smollett was guilty but that 'based on the facts and circumstances' of the case and his 'lack of criminal background', the decision was made not to pursue the 16 felony disorderly conduct charges that a grand jury returned.
Magats - Details - Smollett - 'deal - Prosecutors
As Magats spoke out, more details of Smollett's 'deal' with prosecutors emerged.
Between Saturday and Monday, he spent 16 hours performing community service at Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a civil rights organization in Chicago where he 'worked in bookstores, sold...
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