Jussie Smollett removed from this season's final episodes of 'Empire'

If convicted of staging a racist and homophobic attack, the TV star could face punishment ranging from probation to one to two years in prison.
2:11 | 02/23/19

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Transcript for Jussie Smollett removed from this season's final episodes of 'Empire'
here with the new fallout for jussie smollett who is accused of staing that racist and homophobic attack. There are new questions swirling around the "Empire" star this morning after the show announced it would be writing his character's role out of the show this season. Producers of the show "Empire" announcing they are removing jussie smollett's character from the last two episodes of this season to avoid further disruption on set. I think "Empire" is taking a wait and see approach to this. They didn't fire him outright and they didn't say that he's definitely coming back. Reporter: Smollett facing a judge for allegedly filing a false police report. The actor reported to the "Empire" set Thursday after bonding out telling the cast and crew of the show he is innocent. The producers of the show releasing this statement, the events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us adding, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. Everything that we've heard is that it was an awkward situation on set. But they're moving on, and they're trying to keep a sense of normalcy on the set. Reporter: Smollett now the center of a media frenzy. Police say he mailed himself a bogus threatening letter and when that didn't get the attention he hoped for, he paid two friends $3500 to help him stage an attack. "Empire" actor jussie smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. Reporter: Smollett punching back. His lawyerying he feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing. Smollett is due back in court next month. If convicted the punishment to one to three years in prison and to also note Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson will be here in New York on "Gma" Monday morning for an exclusive sit-down with robin Roberts. Really going to be interesting. He didn't mince any wor he had strong opinions, very upset with what he alleges smollett did. And it's possibly that he could remain on the show. It's possible. They didn't write him off completely forever. They didn't fire him. Interesting. So we'll see what happens. All options are open.

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