Jussie Smollett 'Feels Betrayed' By Legal System After Felony Disorderly Conduct Charge

Jussie Smollett 'Feels Betrayed' By Legal System After Felony Disorderly Conduct Charge

Smollett was charged in Chicago Thursday with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.

Earlier on Thursday though, the network released a new statement that said in part, "We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options".

"Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply", the producers added.

"Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system".

The decision, producers said, was made to "avoid further disruption on set".

During a press conference on Thursday morning, the Chicago PD stated they believed Smollett staged the attack because he was "dissatisfied with his salary" on "Empire". TheBlaze reported Tuesday that scenes featuring Smollett allegedly were being cut from an upcoming episode of "Empire". "When you look at footage, when you hear things they say, this is the honest truth and we have to be bold enough to call that out". You are better than that.

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Robin Roberts interviewed actor Jussie Smollett on ABC's "Good Morning America" on February 14. It starts at home, yo. Lee Daniels, who co-created "Empire" with Danny Strong, posted a video to Instagram in which he urged viewers to "love each other regardless of what sexual orientation we are". I'm with you, I'll be there in a minute.

When suspicions arose that Smollett's story could be fabricated, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment released a statement last week standing by him.

Smollett appeared at a court hearing in the afternoon, during which his bond was set at $100,000, and he was ordered to surrender his passport.

President Trump has responded to the arrest of Jussie Smollett for making false claims of an attack. That individual told CNN that "they were shocked and dismayed that Smollett stuck to his story of innocence".

The 36-year-old actor, in claiming to have a drug problem, could be paving the way to use it as a "mitigating factor" when it comes to sentencing, the site said. A source told CNN that as recently as Thursday, he reiterated to the "Empire" cast and crew he was innocent of the charge against him. Secondly, if they do recant, say, at a future Smollett trial, prosecutors could be permitted to read their grand jury testimony to trial jurors to challenge any contradictory testimony.

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