Empire actor Jussie Smollett's career is virtually over, after he allegedly lied about being attacked by a group of racist Trump supporters in Chicago last winter. Now his friends and family are worried the actor may take his own life.
Jussie's career has been in a tailspin ever since details of his alleged lies were unveiled by the Chicago police. Chicago prosecutors claim that Jussie lied about being attacked by two racist supporters of President Donald Trump, in order to further his career. Initially the actor was indicted for 16 separate crimes, but eventually the prosecutor dropped charges against him.
But the fallout from the incident came swift. Jussie was terminated from his role on Empire this week. And he's been dropped from every other acting role he was working on.
Now, according to the website SandraRose.com, Jussie's friends and family think he may harm himself.
Here's what is being reported:
According to a source close to the family, Smollett, 36, is "devastated" and suicidal over the apparent end of his acting career. The part-time singer also lost a coveted lead role in the Tony Award-winning Broadway play Take Me Out, about a baseball player who comes out of the closet at the peak of his career.
USA Today reported that:
"He wasn't fired. Instead, producer 20th Century Fox and the Fox network – now owned by separate companies – have decided to kick the can on a final decision to let the actor's legal and public-relations battles play out. But as it stands now, it's unlikely he'll return."
“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire,’” producers said in a joint statement.
Actors are given contractual options for each season that typically require broadcast networks to guarantee them appearances by June. Fox wouldn't say when Smollett's extension expires, but the show is scheduled to resume production in midsummer.