It's so funny, how empire cast jussie smollet 'Jamal' went from a victim of an homophobic and racism attack to a suspect, of the crime reportedly committed against him. He's been the subjects of many media outlets in the past few weeks, as people around the world were interested in his story.
Unfortunately for the singer turned actor, the tides have turned against him, as the Chicago police department said the actor staged the attack based on their investigations. And have unequivocal proof that the actor sent himself the letter then staged the hoax attack because he wanted to get a raise.
As a result of the pressure surrounding the actor's case, the creators of Empire have cut Jussie Smollett's character from the final two episodes of its fifth season which are being currently filmed, meaning he will not return to set, but may still pay him for them.
In a statement to DailyMail.com on Friday morning, the show's creator Lee Daniels and executive producers Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer said the case had taken a toll on the entire cast and crew.
They did not reveal whether or not they believe Smollett's innocence, but said the allegations against him are 'disturbing'. 'The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us.
An associate of the actor's confirmed to DailyMail.com that he is paid $100,000 per episode. The current season has 18 episodes which gives him a paycheck of $1.8million.
On Friday, 20th Century Fox refused to confirm if he would still be paid for the two episodes he has been cut from.
'We do not comment on matters of compensation,' a spokesman said.
The allegation made against him, was the filing of a false police report. They said he hired brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to attack him and paid them $3,500 in a backdated check. Smollett was allegedly seen with them in surveillance camera footage days before the attack plotting it.
Police say the plot began when a letter he allegedly mailed himself which called him a 'f*g' did not get enough attention.
Smollett angrily denied the allegations on Thursday and has condemned the police's handling of the case which his attorneys said 'trampled' his presumption of innocence.
The allegations have become a source of ridicule among TV commentators and have inspired countless memes and internet jokes.
At a press conference on Thursday, Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson described Smollett as 'despicable' and 'shameful'. He said he took advantage of 'the pain and anger of racism' and used the symbol of a noose, one of the most evocative and painful in the country, to 'further his career'.
He is yet to offer an explanation for those allegations but his defense has shifted its focus from the media to the Chicago Police Department which he says handled his case poorly.
Although, most of his co-stars and supporters have rescinded their supports, his family stands firmly behind him. Four of his five siblings were in court on Thursday for his bond hearing.
We'll keep you updated, as the case continues to unfold.