'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett spoke to members of the press outside a Chicago courtroom Tuesday, following the announcement that the charges of disorderly conduct against him have been dropped. In February, Chicago police arrested Smollett and charged him with 16 charges of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report for allegedly orchestrating a hate crime attack against himself in an attempt to get a pay raise.
"I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one," Smollett said. "I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time -- honestly one of the worst of my entire life."
"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, I just wouldn't."
"I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me, who have supported me," he also said.
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