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There are still questions as to why prosecutors had to give up the case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.
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Despite the support of Anthony Anderson, Jussie Smollett was a no-show at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night in Hollywood.

The "Empire" actor was nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, but lost to "Gray's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams. Williams won the award during the undelivered part of the show at the awards dinner on Friday, which USA TODAY confirmed that Smollett was also absent.

But that did not stop Chris Rock from aiming.

"They said" No Jussie Smollett jokes, "said Rock, who was in the process of presenting the Outstanding Comedy Series. But that did not stop him. "What a waste of fair skin," Rock broke. "Do you know what I could do with this light skin? This curly hair? My career would be out of here! I would lead Hollywood."

"What the hell did he think? From now on, you're & # 39; Jessie & # 39 ;," Rock continued as cameras showed that Trevor Noah was collapsing in the crowd. "You do not get that anymore." "That was respect. You do not get any respect from me!"

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Smollett flew from Chicago to Los Angeles on Wednesday, told ABC News, speculating that he would attend the Image Awards, which honor color entertainers and writers.

The organizers told the USA TODAY that Smollett was not present on Saturday. A representative of Smollett did not respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.

Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before he has left Cook County Court after his charges had expired, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago. (Photo: Paul Beaty, AP)

Anderson moderated the show and broadcasted it live on TV One, but did not mention Smollett in his opening monologue. Smollett's "Empire" colleague Taraji P. Henson won an outstanding actress in a drama, but was not present to receive her award.

Smollett received support at least once during the show.

"I stand with Jussie," Yara Shahidi said while helping the "Black-ish" casters to accept their Outstanding Comedy Award.

Smollett was accused of inciting a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in January Prosecutor decided to dismiss all 16 crimes against the actor, causing indignation. The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, and the police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, were among those who blamed. The mayor described the dismissal as a "clean washing of justice".

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wrote on Friday night in a Chicago Tribune Editorial that Cook County State attorney Kim Foxx is open to investigate her office's decision to overturn all charges against Smollett.

Meanwhile, the "Empire" actor has continued his innocence.

"I have been truthful and consistent at every level since the first day," Smollett told reporters after the charges were dropped. "It was incredibly difficult time, one of the worst in my entire life … Now I just want to do more than just get back to work and continue my life."

This is the fourth year in a row that Smollett b He was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actor of the Image Awards in a drama series category, having previously won in this category in 2017 and winning three different music-related image awards for his work on "Empire." IMDb was in the final three

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