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Jussie Smollett leaves a Chicago courthouse Tuesday, shortly after prosecutors dropped all charges against him. The move was met with anger from local authorities and confusion from plenty of onlookers. Paul Beaty/AP hide caption

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Jussie Smollett, seen earlier this month outside a courthouse in Chicago, has stood in the eye of a squall of controversy since filing his police report in late January. Amid all the very public tumult, things have likely gotten rather confusing for the average news-watcher. Matt Marton/AP hide caption

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Jussie Smollett addresses the media after appearing in a Chicago courtroom on Tuesday. The Empire actor reasserted his innocence after prosecutors dropped the charges against him, but Chicago police are upset with the decision. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images hide caption

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond on Thursday. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: 'Be Prepared' To Face The Facts For Jussie Smollett

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Cook County Jail in Chicago Thursday after posting bond. On Friday, the show's producers announced that they would be removing his character from the final episodes of this season. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images hide caption

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Jussie Smollett leaves the Cook County Jail following his release Thursday in Chicago. Smollett was charged with filling a false police report after he said he was attacked by two men who shouted racist and anti-gay slurs. Kamil Krzaczynski/AP hide caption

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Jussie Smollett 'Took Advantage Of The Pain And Anger Of Racism,' Police Say

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Actor and singer Jussie Smollett, seen at an Empire event in 2016, has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report about being the victim of a bias-motivated attack. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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