Last night marked the season finale of Fox’s musical drama Empire.
However, the show’s future on television screens was jeopardized by the ordeal surrounding the Jussie Smollet hoax, discouraging the rates.
The affair entailed the series of events which led Smollett, who plays the character “Jamal Lyon,” to be indicted on 16 different charges for staging a racist and homophobic attack/kidnapping. Though the charges were dropped and the entertainer now roams free, he continues to face the expected consequences of his actions. As such, chatter now revolves around the actor’s future on the series.
The Chicago Police held a press conference condemning the actor for taking advantage of such a serious happening and after previously getting charged by the State Attorney’s Office, TMZ reports that today Jussie has been handed 16 felony charges for filing a false police report and continuing to interview with the cops when he was lying.
As for the hate mail Jussie received prior to the attack, the police believe he sent them to himself.