Actor Jussie Smollett speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after prosecutors dropped all charges against him, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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(CNN) —  

In a shocking reversal, Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused last month of staging a hate crime against himself and filing a false police report about it.

From the beginning the case sparked both outrage and doubt over the 36-year-old “Empire” actor’s claim that he was attacked by two people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs.

Smollett told reporters Tuesday that he had been “truthful and consistent on every single level since Day One.” His attorneys insisted he was indeed attacked and that misinformation led to a rush to judgment against him.

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But Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the prosecutor’s decision as a “whitewash of justice,” and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson accused Smollett of hiding behind a deal “brokered … in secrecy.”

The day’s developments have left more questions than answers. Here are some of them:

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