As the Chicago police are looking for more information from Jussie Smollett about what really went down in the alleged attack on the Empire star nearly three weeks ago, the show runner in the long-running Fox drama has once again terminated in support of the increasingly strained actor.
During the social media Sunday second time to Smollett since the supposed racist and homophobic attacks in the early hours of January 29 in Windy City, Empire Executive producer Brett Mahoney was unequivocal in his language and meaning:
̵1; Brett Mahoney (@TheBrettMahoney) February 18, 2019
Empire Broadcaster Fox, Donald Trump and others expressed support for the actor depicting the openly gay Jamal Lyon on Lee Daniels and Danny Strong co-created the series in the immediate aftermath of the attack. "The idea that Jussie Smollett has been or would be written by Empire is patented ridiculously," said 20th-century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment on February 14, when some local Chicago media reported that a possible exit from the series was the actor motivation to establish a "potential hate crime" that CPD called it on itself.
"He remains a core player in this highly successful series, and we continue to stand behind him," the Fox units added on Valentine's Day. Now, with the exception of Mahoney, the wide-spread anger over the attack on Smollett has been replaced by silence in recent days as the case has changed.
The strong and repeated beliefs from showrunner and EP come as the series continues production with Smollett, and the study by Chicago PD apparently has centered its focus on the actor himself. Detectives will now ask Smollett to question whether and how he was involved in the planning of the attack itself.
On February 15, the police released Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo without accusation after first considering the brothers suspects in the attack.
Authorities had identified the former empire extra and his siblings as the "stakeholders" seen in the photographs hanging from the upscale Chicago neighborhood where Smollett lives and said he was fiercely violent with bleach poured over him and a rope thrown around the neck. 19659007] With a potential prosecutor being drawn quickly and steadily, the police whispered that Smollett might have orchestrated it all, Osundairos is now "fully" cooperating with the police. Evidence seems to have shown that Smollett's personal trainer and his brother bought the rope Smollett had on him when he first spoke to the police on the morning of January 29.
Smollett's defense lawyers said Saturday that the actor "has now been further subjected to claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack." They bluntly added: "Nothing is further from the truth and anyone there claims otherwise lies. "
Still a law enforcement authority source told the deadline on Sunday that they have a" sense of frustration "over the lack of formal response for a further sit-down to go over new evidence that has come to light. in the case.
This frustration is partly partly because, despite the assurances of lawyers Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, the actor will "continue to cooperate" with the investigation.
Speaking of Good Morning America 4] on February 14 in his first interview since January 29, Smollett said he believed the attack arose because of his high-profile criticism of the former Celebrity Apprentice hosted. "I really, really hard against 45," depicted the actor GMA co-host Robin Roberts. "I really come really hard against his administration, and I'm not holding my tongue."
Mahoney has remained consistent in his support of Smollett over the past three weeks since the news of the attack was first known.
"Jussie is a proud, gay, black man, and I'm not sure if Cowards was trying to beat his pride, gay, or black out of him, but he's strong and we're glad he's back at work. "said Mahoney on stage during part of Fox's TCA presentation on February 6.
Empire is set to return to the second half of its fifth season on March 13 with Smollett