Jussie Smollett is to be faraway from two Empire episodes after “very disturbing” allegations he faked a racist and homophobic assault.
The hit present’s producers say the actor’s character shall be taken out of the ultimate two editions of the present season “to keep away from additional disruption on set”.
The chief producers of the Twentieth Century Fox present mentioned in an announcement: “The occasions of the previous few weeks have been extremely emotional for all of us.
“Jussie has been an vital member of our EMPIRE household for the previous 5 years and we care about him deeply.
“Whereas these allegations are very disturbing, we’re inserting our belief within the authorized system as the method performs out.
“We’re additionally conscious of the results of this course of on the solid and crew members who work on our present and to keep away from additional disruption on set, we’ve got determined to take away the function of ‘Jamal’ from the ultimate two episodes of the season.”
Smollett, who’s homosexual and black, has been charged with making a false report back to police that he had been the sufferer of a racist and homophobic assault within the metropolis.
Police accuse him of faking the alleged assault so as to promote his profession and get a wage enhance for his function on the hit US music trade drama.
Smollett, 36, who performs Jamal Lyon within the present, claimed he was focused by two masked males, apparently Donald Trump supporters, as he walked residence from a sandwich store.
He advised detectives the attackers shouted racist and homophobic slurs, put a noose round his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
However following three weeks of mounting suspicions, he was charged on Wednesday and handed himself in on Thursday.
The actor is suspected of paying two brothers, considered one of whom is a pal of his, to stage the assault. They’re each co-operating with the investigation, police mentioned.
Smollett appeared in a Chicago court docket the place a choose set bail at $100,000 (£77,000), telling him the costs have been “totally outrageous” and “despicable”, if true.
The actor was in tears when he returned to filming within the metropolis on Thursday, TMZ reported, and begged fellow solid members to consider he was harmless of the costs.