Jussie Smollett became a household name in recent weeks. The "Empire" actor claimed to have been attacked by MAGA supporters who used homophobic slurs and poured bleach on him.
Now, officials say Smollett orchestrated the entire thing. They have charged him in the case and those who were coming to his defense are left speechless. Many wondered what would happen to his career.
Officials had said his motive for the entire attack was to increase his own salary, which was already at $1,000,000. He returned to the show on Thursday and told his fellow actors that he denied the charges.
"Fox just announced it's scratching Smollett from the end of the current season. The statement says, 'The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,'" wrote TMZ.
The statement continues, "We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”
Now, he's getting more bad news. He has been suspended from the show and will most likely be fired. He was also cut from the season finale. Reports state that the rest of the cast "wanted him gone" after the news broke.
"The feelings of animosity stem from the fact everyone on set had Jussie's back after the 'attack,' but in light of the new evidence police have laid out ... many of them feel hurt and embarrassed. We're told almost everyone on set is worried about how Smollett's damaged the show's reputation ... and could continue to do so if he remains part of the cast," wrote TMZ.
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