Jussie Smollett's character will be removed from Empire episodes, producers say

Jussie Smollett's character will be removed from Empire episodes, producers say

Jussie Smollett's character will be removed from Empire episodes, producers say

It was then reported that police suspected Smollett of paying them to stage the attack, and now Smollett has officially been charged with filing a false police report, Variety reports.

Smollett's lawyers issued a statement, saying, "As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with". However, as Smollett posted bond and headed to the FOX studios, he gave the cast and crew of Empire an apology for putting them through this.

Two Nigerian-American brothers who were extras on "Empire", Abel and Ola Osundairo, were arrested on suspicion of attacking Smollett but were released after reportedly telling the police that Smollett orchestrated the attack and paid them $3,500.

Johnson alleged that Smollett's report was a publicity stunt, which he carried out because he was unhappy with his salary. Many Hollywood celebrities and prominent politicians, especially Democrats, expressed sympathy for Smollett on Twitter or in verbal comments following the alleged attack and condemned the bigotry and homophobia Trump has fueled since taking office two years ago. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison and potentially be forced to pay for the cost of the investigation into his reported assault.

January 30 - Police say they are looking for two persons of interest and release an image from surveillance footage showing two men with their backs to the camera. The sources said one of the brothers held a rope and poured bleach on Smollett while the other wore a plain red hat and yelled slurs at Smollett.

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Added Johnson: "Bogus police reports cause real harm". At hour 47 - one hour before police had to either charge the men or release them - Johnson said the two confessed to what they had done.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted to Smollett: "What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and risky comments!?" Chicago hosts one of the largest pride parades in the world.

In an interview with "Good Morning America" last week, Smollett said he was angry that some people questioned his story, and he suggested the disbelief might come from racial bias.

Opening the presser, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said, "I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention, because that's who really deserves the amount of attention that we're giving to this particular incident".

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