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Jussie Smollet Pleads Not Guilty and Empire Creator Speaks Out

Innocent until proven guilty

Empire Actor, Jussie Smollet, has pled not guilty to staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself. With the case on-going, Empire’s co-creator stopped brushing his teeth on Instagram to tell us how the cast has been feeling about the situation.

Read More: What’s Going on With the Jussie Smollett Case? Here’s What We Know 

Where the Case is at Right Now

Jussie faced 16 charges of disorderly conduct at a Chicago court for allegedly staging a hate crime. He pleaded not guilty. The alleged hate crime happened in January when Jussie claimed to have been assaulted by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs, pouring a chemical substance on him and tying a noose around his neck.

Jussie was arrested in February for allegedly filing a false police report. The Chicago police suspect that Jussie hired the two men and orchestrated the attack as he was “dissatisfied with his salary”. Jussie has denied this. His lawyers remind us that Jussie is innocent until proven guilty. One of his attorney’s, Mark Geragos, had this to say:

“This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines.”

Empire Co-Creator Stopped Brushing His Teeth to Speak Out

Ratings for Empire have reportedly dropped since Jussie was charged with staging the attack. Jussie’s character, Jamal, has been removed from the show.

Co-creator of Empire, Lee Daniels, recently spoke out about how the cast is handling the controversy. Apparently, he’s been deep in his feelings. Daniels described the last couple of weeks as a rollercoaster, with the cast experiencing “pain, anger, sadness and frustration”. He stopped brushing his teeth to let us know exactly how he felt, on Instagram:

Daniels admits to not knowing how to deal with it all. Many of Jussie’s fans don’t know how to deal with it either, mainly because the verdict isn’t out yet. And, as such, we don’t know what to believe. Innocent until proven guilty.

CNN reports that his next hearing is on 17 April.

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