Fox Television considering options for`Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett

Smollett has not made a public comment since his arrest.

SmolletSmollett was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing later in the day. He has not made a public comment since his arrest.

His lawyers had said in a previous statement: “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one, where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

The actor, who is African-American and openly gay, claimed that he was walking to his apartment in the 300 block of East North Water Street in Chicago when two men walked up, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck. Smollett said they also yelled, “This is MAGA country!” referring to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.

Chicago police initially investigated the alleged hate crime, but authorities said the nature of the probe changed as they discovered more evidence.

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