Jussie Smollett apologizes to 'Empire' cast, crew

Chicago's top cop blasts Jussie Smollett; bond set at $100,000

Smollett traveled straight to the set after posting a $100,000 bond, Deadline Hollywood reported.

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Smollett had told police that on January 29 he was attacked by two people who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, tied a rope around his neck, and poured an unknown substance on him. Smollett's family members were also present in the courtroom.

Actor Jussie Smollett's character is being removed from the final two episodes of Fox's hip-hop drama "Empire" after he was arrested and accused of staging a hoax hate crime attack on himself, show officials said on Friday.

Johnson said that if the brothers had held out and refused to speak for another two hours, reaching their 48th hour in custody, police would have had to release them and authorities might still not have reached the stage of charging anyone.

To be clear, Smollett's apparent false account of a hate crime doesn't qualify as fake news.

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Smollett faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct over falsely claiming he was attacked, police say.

Video footage showed the two brothers in a store buying items described by Smollett as being used in the attack, including a red cap.

First, it gives prosecutors the option of charging or threatening to charge them with lying to a grand jury if it ever looks like they might try to recant their statements about Smollett. Harris, a former prosecutor and California attorney general, did not use in her initial statement on the Smollett incident, calling it an "attempted modern day lynching". But the tide of public opinion quickly turned as unusual details about the case emerged.

"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".

"Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity, who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing", the statement added.

With just a couple of episodes left to be completed in the current season of Empire, producer and writers on the Mahoney showrun series had already cut or trimmed a number of Smollett's remaining scenes so today's move isn't a seismic shift in that sense.

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