"Empire" stars can't even escape questions about Jussie Smollett at the Kids & # 39; Choice Awards.
Serayah McNeill went on an orange blanket at Nickelodeon's annual awards Saturday night when asked about the 36-year-old actor's legal honor.
"Do you know? It's a sensitive problem," McNeill, 23, said in the evening entertainment. "But you know I wish him good luck and I send prayers his way."
McNeill also revealed that "Empire" hit the road.
"We take a trip." Empire "artists go on tour, so it will really be great fun," she said. "The scenes just have to raise and the comics just raise. I'm very excited."
This news may come as a blow to Smollett, who was accused of constructing his own hate crime to increase his pay on the series ̵
In January, Smollett told police that two masked men attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him as he walked home from a subway station. The actor, who is black and blatantly gay, said the masked men beat him, made racist and homophobic comments and shouted, "This is MAGA country" before escaping from the scene.
However, the Chicago Police Department claims that Smollett paid two men, Abel and Ola Osundairo, by check for a "false attack" to exploit the pain and anger of racism to advance his career. "
The brothers were allegedly caught on surveillance recordings that bought the rope used in the staged" attack "at Smollett.
The singer" Sum of My Music "was later arrested for allegedly filing a false police report and released on a $ 100,000 bond
Smollett did not plead guilty to 16 counts of disorderly behavior stemming from the alleged hoax, Smollett is also being investigated for allegedly sending himself a threatening hate letter to the "Empire" set that could potentially land him behind bars for a decade for mail fraud.
Smollett's lawyers have previously told Fox News that they "have experienced an organized law enforcement play that has no place in the US legal system. The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the trial, was trampled at the expense of Mr Smollett and especially on the eve of a major election. Mr. Smollett is a young man with impeccable character and integrity who, intentionally and solemnly, maintains his innocence betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip the dilapidated process and continue directly to judgment. "
Last month, McNeill opened the life of the set after the scandal.
" I think it certainly has an effect on everyone, "she admitted." Right now everyone is fine and everyone is finished in the season and professionals about the. Everyone acts very professionally, we all love this show and we have a job to do. "
" Empire "producers and showrunners showed earlier that Smollett would be cut from the remaining episodes of season 5.
Lee Daniels, Co-creator and executive producer of" Empire "said last week of" The Empire "post-scandal," The last few weeks have been a freaking roller coaster, "he began." Me and my throw have experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don't know how to handle it. Because it happened, everything that you see tonight happened before the accident. And that was not what the show was made for. The show was made to bring America together … to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now on the streets. "
Fox News & # 39; Tyler McCarthy has contributed to this report.