Doubts have been cast over Jussie Smollett’s future on Empire amid the ongoing investigation into his attack in Chicago, but show bosses have insisted it’s ‘too early’ for the series to rule out his return.
The 36-year-old actor is facing 16 Class 4 Felony charges for disorderly conduct for filing a false report that he was the victim of an assault in Chicago with two men allegedly beating him and shouting racist and homophobic slurs.
He was later arrested with authorities claiming he staged the attack on himself.
Now Variety is reporting that his return to the FOX show is up in the air because ‘many options are on the table’, and it is ‘possible the character could be killed off or the role could be recast’.
Jussie Smollett is due back in court on Thursday, March 14, 2019.