Jussie Smollett Removed from Final Two 'Empire' Season 5 Episodes

Jussie Smollett’s lawyers blast ‘organized law enforcement spectacle’ on day of his arrest

Jussie Smollett’s lawyers blast ‘organized law enforcement spectacle’ on day of his arrest

However, documents from his arrest indicate that he answered no to whether he has alcohol or mental health problems.

"He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack", the statement continued.

Two brothers, identified as Olabinjo "Ola" and Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo, were held for nearly 48 hours and then released.

In charging documents, prosecutors said that Smollett was close friends with Abel, 25, after meeting in the fall of 2017.

Jack Prior, one of the actor's attorneys, told the court the accusations were "inconsistent with Mr Smollett's character" and that the actor "wants nothing more than to clear his name".

Police responded to Smollett's Streeterville apartment about 45 minutes after the purported attack.

I'm as exhausted of this non-story as you are, but the item above does raise an interesting question: why would alleged illegal drug use be a mitigating factor in any possible sentence? On Thursday, Harris said in a statement she was "sad, frustrated and disappointed" by the latest reports.

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In a statement submitted to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday night, Smollett's lawyers said: "Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system".

Jussie Smollett (second from left) appears in an episode of "Empire" with (from left to right) Bryshere Gray, Taraji Henson, and Terrence Howard.

Actor Jussie Smollett's character is being removed from the final two episodes of the hip-hop drama "Empire" after he was arrested and charged with staging a hoax hate crime attack on himself. "We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options", the company added. The 36-year-old actor, who has played Jamal Lyon for all five seasons, returned to the Chicago-based Empire set on Thursday after being released on bail. He has been released on a $100,000 bond, and faces potential fines or jail time.

Police are claiming the actor staged the attack due to dissatisfaction with his pay.

On January 27, two days before the attack, police say that Smollett picked up the brothers in his auto and drove them to the intersection to plan the attack.

The local leaders also took Smollett to task for thrusting Chicago back into the national spotlight over simmering racial tensions.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson (above) expressed outrage at Smollett for allegedly lying to investigators.

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