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Jussie Smollett reportedly cut from ‘Empire’ episodes as police investigation continues

Monica Otayza
Feb 21, 2019
02:11 P.M.
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Jussie Smollett has reportedly been cut out of the next few episodes of "Empire" until his court case is resolved.

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Now that the Chicago Police Department is investigating the alleged hate crime from two different angles, the producers of Jussie's TV show "Empire" has decided to write him off of the next few episodes for him to focus on the court cases he is currently dealing with.

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Sources have confirmed that Fox has indeed cut off any scenes with Jussie in them. Moreover, now that the rest of the cast has resumed filming the rest of the season, it seems Smollett will not be a part of that crew anytime soon, as Fox has decided to let him deal with his current issues first.

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Recently, Smollett has become the subject of inquiry for the Chicago PD after the two "persons of interest" for the crime revealed that it was actually the actor himself who staged the whole ordeal. After these revelations were verified, Jussie Smollett was arrested and is currently in the custody of the police department.

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Earlier today, Jussie Smollett was under arrest for a class 4 felony charge for disorderly conduct in falsifying a police report, which may result in three years in prison. However, the actor also had a Bond Hearing scheduled, which would determine whether or not he would be allowed to post bail in exchange for his temporary freedom.

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THE ALLEGED ASSAULT

On the last week of January, Smollett arrived in Chicago after a redeye flight from New York. Getting hungry in the wee hours of the morning, he decided to walk to a nearby Subway branch near his apartment.

However, just a couple of blocks away from his home, he was attacked by two masked men who allegedly hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him. He claims that they also beat him up, hung a rope around his neck, and poured an unknown substance on him. In the end, he said that the assailants screamed "This is MAGA country!" as they left.

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Once the suspects had left, Smollett ran back to his home where he called the police and waited for them to arrive for him to give his statement. He then rushed himself to the hospital for his wounds to be treated, and he was released shortly after.

With the news emerging about his alleged falsification of police reports, Smollett might face up to three years in prison if he is proven guilty. He has refused to comment on the current situation of his case and remains in police custody.

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