Jussie Smollett Begs Empire Cast to Believe Him

Jussie Smollett Begs Empire Cast to Believe Him

Jussie Smollett Begs Empire Cast to Believe Him

Similar to a statement that was released by his legal team on Thursday evening, Smollett proclaimed his "innocence" to the Empire team, but the powers-that-be already felt the situation was untenable.

"Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked", the statement said.

The rest of the release went on to praise the actor's character and reiterate his stance on the highly controversial matter.

Chicago police said Thursday that Smollett set up a hate crime hoax, claiming he was assaulted by men saying he did not belong in "MAGA country", because he was not happy with the salary he earns on the Fox television show. The media didn't make up this story, Smollett did - allegedly. Smollett claimed the men threw a chemical substance on him and placed a noose around his neck.

The statement comes hours after Smollett, who claimed he was the subject of a racist and homophobic attack at the hands of two men on January 29 in Chicago, was present in bond court on Thursday afternoon, just hours after turned himself into police.

The actor was charged with making a false police report.

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February 12: Smollett's representatives clarified that he had redacted some information from his phone records before turning them over to police to protect the privacy of people unrelated to the alleged attack.

Jussie Smollett apologized to the cast and crew of "Empire" on Thursday night for any embarrassment the recent allegations may have caused, but he maintained that he was innocent, a person at the meeting told CNN. He turned himself in to police Thursday and was jailed until an afternoon court appearance.

February 11: Police said the "limited and redacted" phone records they received from Smollett had proved insufficient for a criminal investigation.

Judge John F. Lyke Jr. set Smollett's bond at $100,000; he was released after posting $10,000 bond.

Once considered by Chicago police to be the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime, Smollett now faces a felony charge for allegedly filing a false police report about the incident. Smollett was also asked to surrender his passport. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense". Smollett is due back in court March 14.

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