Prosecutors Dropped Charges Against Jussie Smollett expected to get a deferred prosecution deal

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is expected to receive a deferred prosecution deal at a hearing Tuesday at the Leighton

Details of the deal were expected to be revealed during the court hearing. 

Smollett and his lawyers will speak to reporters after the hearing, a spokeswoman said.

Smollett on March 14 pleaded not guilty to charges he staged a hate-crime attack against himself in Streeterville.

During a pair of brief hearings, Smollett’s case was assigned to the courtroom of Cook County Judge Steven Watkins, who reminded the actor that he will have to appear in court for his pre-trial hearings. Smollett’s next court appearance was supposed to be April 17.

The actor, who has hired celebrity attorney Mark Geragos as his lead lawyer, received permission to travel to Geragos’ offices in Los Angeles and New York with 48 hours notice to court officials.

A grand jury charged Smollett with 16 counts of disorderly conduct, one count for each crime he claimed to have suffered when he made statements to police when he first reported being attacked on Jan. 29, and one count each for repeating his account of the attack to a detective. The charges all are Class 4 felonies, the lowest category of felony offense under Illinois law.

Andy Grimm Chicago Sun Times

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