LATEST UPDATE 12:26 PM-

ABC NEWS reports the following statement by Jussie Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes,

"Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment.

"Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case, Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.

"Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career."

LATEST UPDATE 11:46 AM-

As everyone scrambles to make sense of the dramatic turn of events in the Jussie Smollett case CNN reports the latest details. Smollett's attorney Patricia Holmes, spoke at a post-hearing press conference this morning (Tuesday, March 26, 2019) and explained the state of Illinois made the legal decision to drop charges and seal the records. Holmes made clear that it is “not part of a deferred prosecution” and there “is no deal.”

She also addressed Chicago Police urging that they “not to jump ahead and utilize the press to convict people before they are tried in a court of law.” Jussie also spoke out shortly after getting the news. Below is what he had say:

Stop the press! MSNBC reports that all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett, in his hate crime, have been dropped. His record is going to be completely wiped clean. Chicago prosecutors have dropped all charges against the 36-year old "Empire" actor as he faced 64 felony counts of Disorderly Conduct.

Apparently, this breaking news is a result of NEW FINDINGS that clear Smollett and possibly prove that he was telling the truth! What?! He was being accused of filling a false police report about being beaten in a hate crime in Chicago. The young actor was released of all charges, his record completely expunged and the entire case has been dismissed. In addition, they are saying the records surrounding this case are being immediately sealed!

For now, we don't know what transpired for Chicago authorities to abruptly drop all charges. Below MSNBC gives us the latest details in the shocking developing story:

This is an incredible turn of events and I will keep you posted!