Smollett's character off 'Empire' for end of season
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Feb 23, 2019,
Feb 23, 2019, 1:31
The last two episodes of the fifth season were still being made when Smollett was charged.
Judge John F. Lyke Jr. set Smollett's bond at $100,000; he was released after posting $10,000 bond.
But two brothers arrested on suspicion of involvement in the case-Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who reportedly worked on Empire-later claimed the actor paid them to attack him.
Cross, a co-founder of The Beat DC, admitted that what Smollett allegedly did to stage the crime is "sociopathic", but then immediately turned her attention to deriding supporters of President Donald Trump - despite their apparent lack of involvement in the incident.
Daniels said in 2015 that he wanted "Empire" to "blow the lid off homophobia" in the black community by depicting the lead character's hostile relationship with his gay son, played by Smollett.
The "Empire" star divulged his alleged drug problem after turning himself in Thursday morning on charges he filed a false police report involving a hate crime, TMZ reported. "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".
Back in January, the actor told police two masked men assaulted him as they shouted racist and homophobic slurs, and told him "This is MAGA country". Like his character, Smollett is gay. Before the attack, he also sent a letter that threatened him to the Chicago studio where "Empire" is shot, police said.
A fake story by a mediocre actor is not the same as fake news by the media.
February 11: Police said the "limited and redacted" phone records they received from Smollett had proved insufficient for a criminal investigation. His legal team, which now includes famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, defended him in a statement after he was charged Wednesday night.
Fox Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox, which had previously denied reports that Smollett's role had been reduced or cut from "Empire", said in a statement that they were "evaluating the situation" and "considering our options".
Smollett's attorneys wrote that he, like any other citizen, "enjoys the presumption of innocence" and that they meant to "mount an aggressive defense". He said he has been a fan of Smollett since day one. His next hearing is set for March 14.
Under Illinois law, filing a false police report is disorderly conduct and punishable by one to three years in prison.