Charges were dropped Thursday in the case of a Fairfax County businessman accused of fracturing a Muslim cabdriver's jaw after a profanity-laced tirade against the driver and his religion that was captured on video.

After reviewing cellphone records and other evidence in the alleged attack, which some Muslim groups termed a hate crime, prosecutors said they did not believe Mohamed A. Salim's account.

Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh (D) said he did not condone the language Ed Dahlberg used in the encounter, which gained national attention after the recording surfaced. But Morrogh said his office concluded that the Clifton man was innocent of the misdemeanor assault charge.

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