‘Empire’ producers consider Smollett suspension

Producers for “Empire” are considering whether to suspend star Jussie Smollett after he was charged Wednesday with a felony, Variety reported late Wednesday.

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Smollett was charged Wednesday with with filing a false report and disorderly conduct, Chicago police said.

Smollett told police last month that he was attacked by two people who allegedly yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, tied a rope around his neck and poured a chemical substance on him.

Chicago PD eventually questioned two brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, who were in the vicinity of the event. The two men were arrested and questioned, but later released. Local Chicago media reported that the brothers told detectives that Smollett had paid them to stage the attack.

Surveillance video from inside a store shows the moment the Nigerian brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett attack, were buying masks and hats that Chicago police believe were used in alleged attack, authorities say.

Smollett’s attorneys pledged Wednesday to “mount an aggressive defense” in response to the charges.

A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Television, which produces “Empire,” did not immediately return a request for comment to The Hill.

Earlier Wednesday, 20th Century Fox Television threw its support behind Smollett, telling ITK that he is “not being written out of the show.”

“Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set,” 20th Century Fox Television said in a statement earlier Wednesday.

44 Comments

  1. In really stand rob the fact that he should be suspended from them…. You are suppose stand and support him at this critical yoke time and not the other way….

  2. We all know that what he did was so wrong trying to frame up someone, but his producers should stand by him in this trying moment of his and not to suspend him, and we hope by the time he comes out he should have learnt his lessons.

  3. What exactly was he thinking. If things had gone down the way he planned, wht culd have happened to those two.

  4. It is very bad for Smollet to have descended to paying money for such report to be done. LET THE POLICE DO FURTHER INVESTIGATION AND IF FOUND CULPABLE. HE SHOULD GO IN FOR IT. I AND EMPIRE PRODUCERS SHOULD BE PATIENT UNTIL MATTERS ARE RESTED

  5. Welcome to the reality of Life. Unfortunately only you and yourself are going to he there in your toughest time.

  6. What exactly was he thinking. If things had gone down the way he planned, wht culd have happened to those two.

  7. You see why behaving like a moron is not good, now you are about to miss a very important thing after miss behaving.

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