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CNN’s Brian Stelter broke down the outcome of the dropped charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett Tuesday, musing the media “may never know what happened” on the night of the alleged attack against him. Stelter says he thinks Smollett will get his job back from 20th Century Fox. “The narrative has once again changed from victim to villain back to victim, it’s been very confusing… people don’t know what to believe and we may never really know what happened on that street in Chicago,” said Stelter. “But for his fans, his friends, this is a triumphant moment, that he can get back to what he wants to do, which is work.” After facing ridicule on Twitter over his comment that “we may never really know what happened,” Stelter doubled down on his earlier statement, saying it is impossible to know whether or not Chicago police should be taken seriously his close friends say he is innocent.
“Were you there that night? Smollett’s camp says he was the victim of a hate crime. The police dispute that. There isn’t video of the alleged attack. Thus, we may never know what really happened.” Soon after that, Fox released a statement saying they are “gratified” that Smollett has been cleared of the charges against him.
Cool. Were you there that night? Smollett's camp says he was the victim of a hate crime. The police dispute that. There isn't video of the alleged attack. Thus, we may never know what really happened.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 26, 2019
“Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed,” the statement reads.
STATEMENT FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION AND FOX ENTERTAINMENT: “Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed.” — 20th Century Fox TV (@20centuryfoxTV) March 26, 2019