'Empire' producers cut Jussie Smollett from season's last episodes

23 February, 2019, 09:45 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Chicago's top cop blasts Jussie Smollett; bond set at $100,000

Jussie Smollett is maintaining his innocence. He said that Chicago police investigated the case as they would any other hate crime, and insisted it didn't take away resources from investigations into the shootings and homicides that have plagued the city.

"It's just outrageous what the left is doing to this country, and the picture of this country that they're painting each and every day, the false narratives that they are establishing, many of which they know to be untrue".

Police also confirmed that the FBI was investigating a threatening letter sent on January 22 to Smollett at the "Empire" set in Chicago, where the Fox drama is filmed.

Thankfully for all you patient viewers, on Thursday night anti-vegan and aspiring meteorologist Charles Barkley delivered an all-expenses-paid Maui dream vacation, sounding off on the drama surrounding Empire actor Jussie Smollett-who is now under arrest for faking an elaborate hate crime against him in order to get a raise-in the most Chuck way imaginable.

Police said that Smollett was motivated to stage the attack because he wanted a higher salary.

Some liberals, however, are still not criticizing Smollett.

He continued: "It seems both an incredible coincidence and also proof of the awful things that happen in this country".

Others, including comedian D.L. Hughley, argued in response to Smollett's arrest that President Trump often lies without consequences. The judge granted a $100,000 bail, and Smollett paid a $10,000 bond.

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As a result of the allegations and arrest, Smollett's episode of "America Divided" has now been cast in a significantly different light, its director said.

In a statement submitted to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday night, Smollett's lawyers said: "Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system".

Smollett reported being jumped and beaten up by two men who shouted anti-gay and racial slurs.

Text messages between Smollett and brothers Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo that detailed how the 45-second attack was to be allegedly orchestrated were read in court.

"The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election", his team continued.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that Smollett turned himself in early Thursday at central booking.

Presidential hopeful Sen. Kristen Gillibrand said she hopes this incident doesn't diminish the voices of survivors of hate crimes. "We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options". If he's convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.

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