Prosecutors are dropping all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. The surprise reversal announced Tuesday appears to clear Smollett of allegations that he filed a false police report earlier this year when the actor, who is gay and black, claimed that he was attacked in a possible hate crime.

Smollett, who appeared in court Tuesday, was indicted last month by a grand jury in Cook County, Ill., on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for the incident. Each count would have carried a possible penalty of up to three years in prison.

Now, Smollett's attorneys say the actor's record has been "wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him."

"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 judgement," attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement released by a spokesperson.