UPDATE 1:14 p.m. ET: 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment — which announced last month that Smollett's "Empire" character, Jamal, would be removed from the final two episodes of the season "to avoid further disruption on set" — told TheBlaze in a new statement Tuesday that Smollett "has always maintained his innocence, and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed."
UPDATE 12:45 p.m. ET: Smollett's family issued a statement Tuesday claiming the actor's innocence.
"Our son and brother is an innocent man whose name and character has been unjustly smeared," the statement read, according to TheWrap. "Jussie is a son, a brother, a partner, a champion for human rights, and a genuine soul who would never be capable of what he was falsely accused of. He was the victim of an assault and then falsely blamed for his own attack. This morning truth has prevailed and he has been vindicated. All charges have been dismissed and his record expunged (cleared)."
UPDATE 12:20 p.m. ET: Smollett spoke to reporters Tuesday after charges against him were dropped and said he has been "truthful" from the beginning.
"I've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one," Smollet said. "I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I have been accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith, and I am a man that has knowledge of my history, and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn't."