More and more people are convinced that Jussie Smollett did fake the attack he reported to have happened to him on January 29, 2019. On February 24, 2019, Terrence Howard took to Instagram to defend his “Empire” co-star.
A netizen criticized Howard for defending a “lying felon” like Smollett. Howard stood his ground and responded to the netizen.
“The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly,” Howard wrote. “His innocence or judgment is not for any of us to decide. Stay in your lane and my lane is empathy and love and compassion for someone I’ve called my son for five years.”
“It’s God’s job to judge and it’s ours to love and hope, especially for those that we claim to have loved,” Howard continued. “There’s nothing more harmful than a fake friend!”
On February 20, 2019, the Chicago police confirmed that Smollett had been charged with filing a police report. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi took to Twitter to give updates about the case.
Since 2015, Smollett has been playing Jamal Lyon in “Empire.” The father of the character is Dwight Walker/Lucious Lyon, who is played by Howard.
“Empire” Season 5 will return on March 13, 2019 with episode 10 titled “My Fault is Past.” On February 22, 2019, the Fox series’ executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Dennis Hammer, Brian Grazer, Brett Mahoney, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri confirmed in a statement that they had decided to write off Jamal from the last two episodes of the season.
“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” the producers stated. “Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”
“Empire” also stars Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray and Trai Byers as Cookie Lyon, Hakeem Lyon and Andre Lyon, respectively. Andre, Jamal and Hakeem are the respective eldest, middle and youngest sons of Lucious and Cookie.
Meanwhile, watch Smollett’s interview with Robin Roberts about the alleged attack here: