The Empire actor’s case file has been sealed after 16 criminal charges against him were dropped, raising a series of questions

A total of 16 criminal charges against the Empire actor Jussie Smollett were dropped on Tuesday, surprising many people – including Chicago’s mayor – and raising a series of questions as to what actually happened.

Smollett had been accused of faking a hate crime by paying two brothers to attack him. The actor claimed they’d shouted racial slurs and told him: “This is Maga country” – apparently a reference to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan – as they beat him up.

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