Jussie Smollett's character removed from 'Empire'

The show's producers announced that Smollett's character would be cut from the show's last two episodes after the actor was charged with a felony.
3:17 | 02/22/19

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You now to Chicago. I'm the story everybody's talking about empire actor Jesse small lacked. Out on bond and declaring his innocence today this is producers now. Of his show have announced they are removing him from the final episodes of this season are Stephanie washes in Chicago she's been were leading our reporting. After the network all week long and is huge story Stephanie great to see you. This is a major turnabout from producers of the show what are you learning. Certainly that and I mean this is breaking news just coming in minutes ago that the executive producers of the fox show empire say that. The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us just he has been an important member ever and her family for the past five years and care about and 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 casting crew members who work on our show. And to avoid further destruction on sat we've decided to remove the role of Jamal from the final two episodes of the season. Yet yesterday we reached out to fox for statement and they said they were evaluating the situation and considering their options this is obviously a huge development. We do know that after Jesse appeared in bond court yesterday. He headed straight to the set to film at empire he said he had to go to work that's what his lawyer told. The judge so this is obviously a huge development that the executive producers of empire are now speaking out saying that he will not be appearing in these final app. So it's. Yeah and as Samoa lat and his attorneys are insisting down public statements Stephanie that he is innocent. And we should be considered innocent until proven guilty you know yesterday. You brought to us here in the debrief all of the allegations the police laid out in great detail that evidence they've amassed. To prove they say that this was a false hate crime claim. Does his team dispute any and that why is he sticking by his story in spite of all that evidence. Let them injustice slide has never wavered he has continued to Maine he came. His innocence he lawyer speaking out in a statement recently saying that they're going to mount this aggressive defense and defend their client. A statement from his legal team last night in fact stated that the presumption of innocence a bedrock in the search for justice. Was trampled upon at the expense of missed us Malek saying that he's a young man of impeccable character and integrity. And that he feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants is get due process and proceed. Directly to sentencing yesterday when smile that appeared act that bond hearing the judge addressed him and said. We presume innocence in this country that that's what we do but he said that if this was actually true at these acts of accusations were true. That it was despicable that he used a noose and that it was utterly outrageous Jesse smile that shook his head in agreement when the jets that that. His his legal team has said that throughout this investigation there's been. Previously leaked information both true and false so smile let's legal team standing by him tonight and Malek continues to maintain that. Cents while we will see where this goes from here a lot of support for small and has been vanishing in the past. Torre for our Stephanie washed think he's so much terrific reporting keep it up up there in Chicago.

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