Everyday something new comes out from Empire actor’s case Jussie Smollett, first of all his character “Jamal” in Empire season of TV show has been dropped from the last two episodes.
A statement jointly released Friday by the executive producers of the show, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Gazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer confirmed the decision to remove the role.
The executive producers of the show said the decision was to prevent further disruption on set.
“While these allegations are very disturbing, we’re placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,” a part of the statement read.
“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.”
The Empire show is presently in its fifth season.
Jussie Smollett turned himself over to the police after allegedly lying that he was attacked by two persons hurling homophobic and racial slurs.
In another recent report from TMZ, the Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola made a deal with Jussie to train him for 5 weeks so he could get in shape for an upcoming music video not for the attack. Jussie had said to Ola that he wanted abs like his. Both Abel and Ola agreed to train Jussie, and also give him a 5-week nutrition plan.
Jussie told the brothers he would pay them for their services, but no specific amount was discussed. A few days before the “attack,” Jussie wrote the brothers a check for $3,500. The memo line read, “5 weeks training nutrition plan.”
Ola and Abel told the grand jury they were paid for the 5-week program and not for the “attack.” One source connected with the brothers did say Ola and Abel felt the amount was “a little high” but no one ever specifically said anything about any of the money being part of a scheme.
Also the brothers also told the grand jury that they had nothing to do with the threatening letter mailed to Jussie Smollett 8 days before the “attack.”
Some people think Smollett got the idea to reportedly stage his own attack after hearing how show creator Lee Daniels‘ cousin was assaulted for being gay.