By: Elo Copeland
We’ve all been tuned in to the arrest of Actor and Singer Jussie Smollett of Fox’s TV Series Empire after an alleged false report of the attack. Smollett was released on Thursday on a $100,000 bond, however, the investigations are still open as Chicago police chief uncovers a lot more evidence of the attack which includes a video evidence, physical evidence and testimony that doesn’t support Smollett’s initial police report.
Fox released a statement on last Friday about the attack and Smollett’s conduct.
"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," read the statement, signed by executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer. "While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. 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."
The fate of Smollett’s role as Jamal Lyon on Empire of 5 years is still unclear for Fox after Season 5.
Although Smollett’s career is on hold with the network, he has now been approved for travel to meet with his lawyers out of state. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says Jussie Smollett "still has the presumption of innocence and he still has his opportunity in court if he chooses to go that route." He also advised that detectives still consider Smollett a victim up until the final hour until they had concrete evidence he was a possible suspect. A recent piece of evidence was a canceled check signed by Smollett, who the brothers say "paid them $3,500 with a check ... to carry out this incident."