'Empire' Will Write Out Jussie Smollett's Character

Posted February 23, 2019

The producers behind Fox's Empire have chose to remove actor Jussie Smollett's character from the final two episodes of the current season following his arrest this week. "We are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out".

But on Friday, they said in a statement that they had "decided to remove the role" from the final two episodes of the current season "to avoid further disruption on set". Before the attack, he also sent a letter that threatened him to the Chicago studio where Empire is shot, police said. In a court hearing, Cook County prosecutors described Smollett as the orchestrator of a weird plan to stage an assault against himself.

If convicted, Smollett could face one to three years in prison, though he could also be sentenced to probation.

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It turned out, however, the pair were two Nigerian immigrants and extras from the show, who allege that Smollett paid them to stage the attack. However, she is still waiting for Chicago police to release all the details and evidence in Smollett's alleged staging of his own assault. Smollett is now free on $100,000 bond and reportedly returned to the Empire set following yesterday's hearing. He is accused of instructing them to put the rope around his neck, pour gasoline on him and yell the MAGA remark, an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's slogan during the 2016 campaign.

When news of Smollett's alleged attack broke on January 29, Waters tweeted her dedication to "finding the culprits and bringing them to justice".

Still, regardless of Smollett's alleged apology to his colleagues, his co-workers are reportedly "furious" at him and believe that, if Fox won't fire him, he should quit the show.

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On Feb. 13, police arrested the two brothers, who had been recognised from surveillance footage of the area where Smollett said the attack occurred. Johnson told reporters, adding that "bogus police reports cause real harm".

The companies that make "Empire", Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television, issued a statement Thursday saying that they were "evaluating the situation" and "considering our options".

Lawyers for Empire star Jussie Smollett blasted what they called an "organized law enforcement spectacle" on Thursday after the actor was arrested, charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police and later freed after posting a $100,000 bond.

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