Some Jussie Smollett fans rejoiced on Tuesday as he was the 16 counts of disorderly conduct were dismissed and his record was expunged - but according to various news reports. Smollet could still face federal charges as the FBI are still investigating the matter.
Both the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are continuing their probe into a threatening letter Smollett might have sent to himself, according to a report.
It was alleged that Smollett had first sent the letter to himself, but reportedly then staged the hate crime when the letter did not receive enough attention.
Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx has not publicly spoken about her decision to drop the charges, but her spokesperson Tandra Simonton denies that he was exonerated:
"We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett,” Simonton said per NBC. “The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollett’s agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago. Without the completion of these terms, the charges would not have been dropped. This outcome was met under the same criteria that would occur for and is available to any defendant with similar circumstances.”
Despite being cleared, it seems that the authorities still believe that Smollett is guilty.