Jussie Smollett's character cut from season's final 2 episodes of 'Empire'

Jussie Smollett's character cut from season's final 2 episodes of 'Empire'

Jussie Smollett will not appear in the final two episodes of Empire, the shows executive producers have said. "But if you're going to fake a white supremacist hate crime, hire two white guys", Colbert quipped referencing the allegation that Smollett hired two Nigerian brothers to carry out the staged attack. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. He also told authorities the attackers shouted "This is MAGA country", according to CNN.

Smollett, like many in Hollywood and the entertainment industry, has been a big critic of Trump, recently calling Trump "and all his white cohorts" a "national disgrace". The actor, who turned himself in early on Thursday, was released from jail after paying 10 percent of the bail amount as stipulated by the judge.

If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of one to three years. Following evidence obtained by the police, Johnson said Smollett paid two men $3,500 to stage the attack, and the scratches and bruising Smollett had on his face after the incident was "most likely self-inflicted".

Police interviewed more than 100 people, reviewed footage from more than 55 surveillance cameras and executed more than 50 search warrants.

He drove them home, wrote a check to one of the brothers for $3,500 and flew to NY, prosecutors said.

A few days before Osundairo and his brother, Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, were scheduled to fly to Nigeria, Smollett sent him a text that prosecutors said set the scheme in motion. Johnson told reporters, adding that "bogus police reports cause real harm".

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Lawyers for Empire star Jussie Smollett blasted what they called an "organized law enforcement spectacle" on Thursday after the actor was arrested, charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police and later freed after posting a $100,000 bond.

In less than a month, the 36-year-old changed from being the seemingly sympathetic victim of a hate crime to being accused of fabricating the entire thing.

Detective Commander Edward Wodnicki said at a news conference Thursday that after questioning the brothers for almost two days last week, they were released and investigators no longer viewed them as suspects.

Chicago Police Department said yesterday it had unequivocal proof that the actor made the entire story up because he wanted to get a raise.

"Empire" is filmed in Chicago. Gillibrand said she will wait to find out the facts before making another statement.

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