Smollett told reporters Tuesday that since day one, he has been "truthful and consistent on every level." His lawyers insisted that he was actually attacked, and this misinformation led to a run on a judgment against him.
But mayor Rahm Emanuel has destroyed the prosecutor's decision as a "blame of justice", and police superintendent Eddie Johnson accused Smollett of hiding behind a deal that was "secretly traded".
The developments of the day have left more questions than answers. Here are some of them:
How did that happen?
The County Cook County Procuratorate did not immediately explain why the 1
"After reviewing all the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's voluntary service in the community and the agreement to lift his ties to the City of Chicago, we believe that this outcome is a just decision and an appropriate solution for that is, "said the state prosecutor in a statement.
Senior Attorney Joseph Magats, first Attorney General, said he understood that people would question the filing of the charges, but thousands of cases had similar rulings.