In a shocking turn of events, actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in after police charged him with filing a false police report this week.
Smollett’s claim to be the victim of a vicious hate crime drew national attention and turned him into a household name. But now that police say he paid for and orchestrated the attack himself, Smollett’s character has been removed from the final two episodes of the hit Fox TV show “Empire,” the show’s producers announced on Friday.
Producers drop Smollett
“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” they said in a statement. “Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply.”
“While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of Jamal from the final two episodes of the season,” they said. Jamal refers to the character Smollett played on the show.
Smollett filed a police report in late January claiming he had been assaulted by two homophobic and racist attackers in Chicago. He claimed one yelled during the attack, “This is MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.
Democrats came out of the woodwork for a piece of the action and an opportunity to go after Trump’s supposedly “racist” supporters. Then, there was an uh-oh moment. Slowly, the facts started to come to light and it was revealed Smollett actually knew the alleged assailants.
According to police, the two men seen on surveillance video were paid by Smollett to stage the attack.
Local police held a press conference and lambasted Smollett for creating negative press for the city by staging a hate crime.
President Donald Trump had a question for the actor as well:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
Goodbye for Now
While it is not yet clear if Smollett will be cut completely from future seasons of “Empire,” the network seems to be leaning in that direction if Smollett is found guilty.
This man pulled the ultimate scam on his fans and Democrats, attempting to cash in on the bogus narrative that Trump supporters are nothing but a bunch of racist rednecks.
Now he is without a job and a proud member of the fake hate crimes club, which actually seems to be getting quite crowded these days.