The ‘Empire’ Cast & Crew Are Still FIERCELY Divided Over Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett stays on the outs with a few of his Empire household, regardless of his current authorized win. The indisputable fact that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped all prices in opposition to the FOX program’s star, who had been accused of allegedly orchestrating his January Chicago assault, continues to be not sufficient for among the collection’ solid and crew to welcome the disgraced actor again with open arms. Related: Celebs Celebrate Jussie Smollett’s Charges Being Dropped! Production sources inform TMZ that there are a number of writers who aspect with the actor, and consider the dismissal of prices is a vindication, proving Jussie was a sufferer your entire time. On the opposite hand, lots of the solid and crew nonetheless consider he staged the assault, and are shocked by the dearth of penalties. They are reportedly particularly offended over earlier claims that the 36-year-old allegedly faked the incident to squeeze more cash out of producers, and don’t want him to return for the program’s sixth season. Jussie was lower from the ultimate two episodes of ‘Empire’ season 5 amid the drama over his alleged assault. / (c) Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENNOne factor that each side have in widespread right here, is that everybody is thrilled to be achieved with the case as a result of it was considered as a menace to the program’s future. And their considerations are legitimate too, because the letter dispatched to Jussie on set eight days earlier than the assault continues to be reportedly being investigated by the FBI, and will nonetheless probably imply federal prices for the actor if he was behind it and extra detrimental press for Empire. As we beforehand advised you, program creator Lee Daniels just lately spoke out about how the “roller coaster” experience of occasions actually took a toll on the program’s solid and crew. He defined: “Me and my cast have experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it. You know? Cause it happened, everything has happened, what you are seeing tonight, prior to the incident. And this is not what the show was made for.” Maybe it truly is time for Jussie to maneuver on to a different gig… though which may be robust contemplating lots of his profession prospects dried up within the midst of the drama. Related: Twitter Is FURIOUS Over Jussie Smollett’s Charges Being Dropped! On the authorized aspect of issues, the prosecutor who oversaw the investigation into the alleged hate crime and dropped prices in opposition to the disgraced actor on Tuesday is clarifying that he “does not believe [Smollett] is innocent.” In an interview with CBS Chicago, First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joseph Magats, who headed up the investigation after the State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself, stated that dropping the fees doesn’t vindicate Smollett. He did his finest to clarify why the fees had been in the end dropped, saying:  “Based on all the facts and circumstances, based on his life and criminal background. I mean, we defer and do alternative prosecutions. In the last two years, we’ve done 5,700 other felony cases.” Wait, so does this imply Jussie’s case may very well be thought-about for another prosecution? The State’s Attorney’s workplace clarified its stance even additional in one other assertion launched to NBC5 Chicago (under): “In the last two years, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has referred more than 5,700 cases for alternative prosecution. This is not a new or unusual practice. An alternative disposition does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities with the case or the evidence. We stand behind the Chicago Police Department’s investigation and our decision to approve charges in this case. We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett. The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollett’s agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago.” Speaking of that neighborhood service, we’ve got extra particulars on how the actor reportedly paid his dues. Sources talking to TMZ affirm that Jussie accomplished a complete of 18 hours of neighborhood service over two days with Jesse Jackson‘s organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Members of the human and civil rights organization claim that he put in eight hours of work on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and just completed another 10 hours on Monday. His service included stuffing membership envelopes, working in the group’s bookstore to promote merchandise, and critiquing its Saturday broadcast. He additionally helped them with digicam angles, and labored with the music director on a plan to construct the choir. Sounds very very like his (former?) on-screen character Jamal Lyons! Perezcious readers, what do you guys take into consideration all of this? Sound off within the feedback (under)! [Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN] … Read extra at perezhilton.com/jussie-smollett-empire-cast-divided/