Tag: Jussie Smollett
A Chicago judge orders a special prosecutor to examine the handling of actor Jussie Smollett’s discredited claim that he was the victim of a hate crime, a police spokesman says.
Jussie Smollett will not be returning to US TV show “Empire”, confirming rumours that the actor has been dropped after a furore over claims that he was the victim of a hate crime.
Even though Jussie Smollett's contract was extended but his character, Jamal Lyon, is not confirmed to return for season 6.
Police concluded that Jussie Smollett staged the alleged hate-crime hoax.
Jussie Smollett has said he has always been truthful about the incident.
The black, openly gay actor has denied accusations that he hired two acquaintances to stage a racist and homophobic attack in order to gain publicity.
The actor says 2 men attacked him on the street at night in January, yelling homophobic and racist slurs, pouring a chemical on him and putting a noose around his neck while shouting support for the president.
Smollett ignited a social media firestorm by telling police on Jan 29 that two apparent Donald Trump supporters had attacked him.
Smollett was accused of sending himself a threatening letter and hiring two acquaintances to stage a street attack.
Police said Smollett hoped the incident would advance his career and secure him a higher salary.
36-year-old actor Jussie Smollett hired acquaintances to stage a street attack complete with homophobic and racial slurs in downtown Chicago.
20th Century Fox Television is removing Smollett's character 'Jamal' from the final two episodes of the season.
The 'Empire' actor, who is black and openly gay, was charged with lying to police about the alleged attack.
The department says the individuals are no longer being classified as suspects.
News of the early morning attack left the entertainment world reeling and gay advocacy groups speaking out in support of the 36-year-old actor.