Actor Justin Smollett who was arrested Thursday morning has been released from police custody after having paid a $100,000 bond. The Empire star was charged for filing a false police report on January 29th when he claimed to have been assaulted by two men close to his home in Chicago. According to the Chicago police's press conference on Thursday, the evidence is suggesting that Jussie staged the attack because he was not happy with the salary he was earning on Empire.
On January 29th, the thirty-six-year-old actor filed a police report saying that two men had attacked him in what was explained as a homophobic and racist assault. Jussie claimed the men had poured bleach on him, beat him up, and put a noose around his neck all while using offensive racist and homophobic language. The police are also suspecting that a threatening letter Jussie received a few days prior to the attack was actually sent by himself as part of the staged attack.
As reported by Variety, prosecutors in the case have stated that Jussie paid the two brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo $3,500 for playing the part of the attackers in the staged assault. Sources from Fox are saying that the whole network is shocked to learn the disturbing allegations and that Jussie has always been highly appreciated by peers and executives.
Jussie and his legal team are denying the allegations, and once released from custody, the actor went straight to the set of Empire to apologize to the crew and his fellow cast members while proclaiming his innocence. While there was still one and a half episode left to shoot of Empire, Fox decided not to let Jussie's character Jamal Lyon appear on the last two episodes of this season, which airs on the 13th of March. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the network released a statement saying how they care deeply about Jussie, but with allegations of this magnitude, it is best letting the legal system without risking any disruptiveness of having Jussie on set.
Several stars reached out showing their support after the news broke of the, now, allegedly staged attack, so he has definitely not made himself very popular in Hollywood. No matter what, t is important to consider that Jussie is innocent until proven guilty.