Jussie Smollett talked to the media Tuesday after prosecutors dropped all 16 felony counts against the Empire actor, CBS Chicago reports. "I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of doing what I was accused of," he said in Chicago, referring to allegations that he concocted a story about being attacked. "I'd like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life, but make no mistake, I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality, and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.” The 36-year-old went to call this "an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life." Meanwhile, the surprise development has the mayor and police seething. Details:
- 'Whitewash': Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel slammed the decision and called it a "whitewash of justice," per the Chicago Tribune. "From top to bottom, this is not on the level."
- Police reaction: "Do I think justice was served? No," says police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Edward Wodnicki, a senior Chicago detective, calls it "absolutely a punch in the gut" that "is just shocking."
- No deal: Smollett lawyer Patricia Brown Holmes says she didn't make any deal with prosecutors. "There is no deferred prosecution," she tells the Chicago Sun-Times. "The state dismissed the charges. We believe it was the correct result."