(CNN)All charges against actor Jussie Smollett -- who had been accused of staging a hate crime and filing a false police report -- have been dropped, his attorneys said Tuesday.

The decision to drop charges is a dramatic reversal in a case in which Chicago police alleged just last month that Smollett orchestrated his own attack in late January.

"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," a statement released by his attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes reads.

The "Empire" actor, 36, was in a Chicago courthouse Tuesday morning for an emergency hearing in his case.

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