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‘The View’ unloads on decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett


The women of 'The View' did not hold back

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The women of "The View" were not particularly pleased that Chicago prosecutors dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday.

All charges in connection with the racist, homophobic attack that he reportedly orchestrated upon himself were dropped, and his record was expunged.

Police arrested the actor in February, accusing him of staging the attack on himself to advance his career. Smollett said that masked attackers hit him and screamed "MAGA country" around 2 a.m. on a sub-zero morning in Chicago. Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a police report regarding the initial incident.

The Cook County State Attorney's office issued a statement on the matter, saying: "After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case."

What did they say on 'The View?'

Co-host Meghan McCain said she believes the alleged hoax was politically motivated.

"He completely politicized this at a time when our country is ripping itself apart," McCain said. "In every way he made this about MAGA hats, he made this about Trump supporters, he made this about political divisions in the country. ... I just thought it was strange from day one."

Co-host Joy Behar said this decision is likely to negatively impact people with real issues in the future.

"The problem is that if that ever does really happen to somebody, no one's going to believe it," she said. "It's the case of crying wolf."

Guest co-host Ana Navarro added, "Sometimes people are guilty of criminality, but if you can't prove it, some folks decide not to prosecute. Sound familiar?"

Co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in and said that she was very confused at how fast everything happened, and pointed out the curious police response to the action.

"The police department is saying 'We had enough evidence,' the prosecution is saying, 'He's not exonerated, we believed in our case,' and Jussie's saying, 'I did nothing wrong, I told the truth.' So what the heck happened?" she asked.

Co-host Abby Huntsman seemed to believe that privilege has something to do with the ultimate outcome of the case.

She said, "I personally don't buy it. I think that if he didn't have the money to pay for the lawyer ... and if he wasn't a well-known person, I don't know that he would be sitting here right now in the position he's in."

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