Jussie Smollett Removed From Remaining Episodes of ‘Empire’ Season 5
Written by KFAT on February 26, 2019
Fourth Estate Staff
Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – After police authorities determined that Jussie Smollett staged the racial attack against him, the producers of ‘Empire’ has decided to write him off of the final episodes of the show’s fifth season.
“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” the show’s producers said in a joint statement on Friday, Variety reports. “Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply.” They added that while they find the allegations against the actor “very disturbing” they put their trust in the legal system.
Smollett plays Jamal Lyon, the middle son of hip-hop mogul Lucious and Cookie Lyon, portrayed by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. His character appears as a talented singer and songwriter, who struggles to gain his father’s approval due to the fact that he is gay.
According to ABC Chicago, after the actor appeared in court on Thursday, the judge set his bond at $100,000. He posted the said bond and was released from custody shortly after.
During the hearing for the bond, Risa Lanier, Chief of the Cook County State’s Attorney Office Prosecutions Bureau, read the details of the crime for the first time in public. It was said that Smollett wanted Ola Osundario, one of the men Smollett allegedly paid to stage the act, to “tie a rope around his neck, pour gasoline on him, and yell ‘This is MAGA country.'”
Upon exiting from the Cook County Jail, Smollett did not speak to reports who were asking him for a comment.
The actor’s legal team maintains that he is innocent. His lawyers also criticize how the case was handled at the expense of the actor, whom they described as a young man of “impeccable character and integrity”.
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