The spokesperson of the 20th Century Fox Television, which released the series, refused to comment.
On January 29, Smollett told police that he was attacked by two men who poured an unknown chemical on him, put a rope on his neck, and used race and homophobic slurs. Later the Chicago PD asked the two brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, who were around the event. The two men were arrested and asked, but were later released. Local media in Chicago said the brothers told the detective that Smollett paid them for the attack.
According to Cook County's Attorney's Office office, Smollett must appear in court for a bond hearing at 1
Fox had previously stood by Smollett, giving two supportive support statements, and counting on media reports that he was set to be fired from "Empire." "Jussie Smollett continues to be a good professional in the range and as we have said, he was not written outside the show," said 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment in a statement Wednesday.
On February 14, author of "Empire" producer Danny Strong wrote on Twitter, "There is a 0% fact that JussieSmollett will write off the Empire." This rumor is completely false. third lead and one of the most expensive characters in the show. Writing to her on the show is NEVER ever discussed. "