Jussie Smollett continues to proclaim himself innocent

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett has maintained his innocence after Chicago Police Department charged him with making a false report, in his first statement since his arrest. He still insists that he is a victim and the authorities let him down. “Mr. Smollet is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing,” read a statement sent on the actor’s behalf as he was set free on bail. The statement read that Smollett was forced to take part in the spectacle directed by the American legal system. “Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system,” the statement added, “The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election.”

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