Is the Jussie Smollett Case Enough to Bring Down "Empire?"

Is the Jussie Smollett Case Enough to Bring Down

"We look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out", Glandian said.

Smollett has been suspended from the show and was written out of the final two episodes of this season.

A judge is expected to be assigned to Jussie Smollett's disorderly conduct case when the Empire actor returns to a Chicago court Thursday, just days after lawyers on both sides agreed that cameras would be allowed in the courtroom.

What's insane, though, is that Jussie's on-screen character, Jamal, was dealing with issues with the media in last night's episode.

This all started back in January, with Smollett claiming he was attacked late at night by two white men who recognized him from the hit FOX show.

Smollett, who is accused of staging an attack against himself that he blamed on two homophobic, racist Trump supporters, and then lying about it to police, appeared in court yesterday as his lawyer, Tina Glandian, argued in favor of allowing cameras in the court room.

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"As far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on his face were most likely self-inflicted", Johnson alleged.

In February, Smollett was charged with a felony of disorderly conduct and was released on $100,000 bail.

In a video posted to the official Empire YouTube channel on March 13, a new episode is teased, but Smollett is nowhere to be found - sans a split second out-of-focus shot.

"Meanwhile, following the news of his indictment, Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago Police Department Anthony Guglielmi tweeted: ". We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination.

"This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and illegal invasion of Jussie's privacy in tampering with his medical records". Details in some of those statements were different, the indictment says. Smollett has always maintained his innocence.

"Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption", the lawyer, Mark Geragos, said last week. Smollett has denied the attack was a hoax.