UPDATE: Fox Studio Has announced that Jussie Smollett has been removed from the final two episodes of Empire and his court case will probably result in his firing, should he be found guilty of faking the letter and the attack. If convicted, he will have to pay out a huge sum of money to pay for the investigation and fine. I expect him to get at least six months in prison and his future as an actor is likely finished.
Up until now, Fox Studios was standing by Jussie Smollett, but that may be more due to the fact that they were just wrapping up the next season of Empire, rather than believing Smollett. But, now as they are just finishing up the season, they are evaluating the situation and they will decide where to go from here. The odds are that they will cut Smollett loose before the next season begins filming. Smollett is being criticized by both sides now and it’s hard to believe that they would keep him on the show, after all of the bad publicity he has caused the show. Besides, he has been looking for a huge pay raise over the $65,000 an episode he is being paid now.
Twentieth Century Fox Television studios issued a statement reacting to the felony charge against Empire actor Jussie Smollett in connection to staging his own hate crime, saying they are “evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.”
“We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options,” 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said.
NEW: Statement from 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment on Jussie Smollett: “We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.” https://t.co/E64BpTUjap pic.twitter.com/4f4D9UrQak
— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2019
Earlier Thursday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson detailed how Smollet orchestrated a racist and anti-gay attack on himself because he was dissatisfied with his salary and sought to increase his public profile. Further, Johnson said the actor mailed himself a threatening letter to the Chicago television studio where Empire is filled. ABC News reported that the letter contained crushed aspirin and the phrase “Die black fag.”
Johnson said authorities believe the actor paid two brothers — Ola and Abel Osundairo — $3,500 by check to help carry out the attack. Chicago’s local CBS affiliate has obtainedvideo of the two brothers tied to the alleged staged attack on Smollett purchasing ski masks from a store one day prior to the purported assault. The store’s surveillance footage appears to show Abel and Ola Osundairo bring masks and a red hat to the counter for the cashier to ring up.
Smollett was taken into police custody on Thursday morning after being charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report with Chicago police regarding the alleged attack. Smollet told police that two masked men hurled racist and anti-gay slurs at him as he walked home from a sandwich shop on January 29. He also claimed the pair looped a thin rope around his neck and shouted “This is MAGA country!” before running away.
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