Empire's Terrence Howard may have given his co-star Jussie Smollett a talking to, following the revelation that Smollett's claims of being a hate crime victim may have been false.
After Smollett given to the Chicago police once being charged with crime misdemeanor for filing a false police report, Howard reportedly had a "complete meltdown," in step with TMZ. The celebrity gossip publication noted that Howard, 49, wouldn't pop out of his trailer on the Empire set. Apparently, Howard reportedly ne'er totally believed Smollett's story that 2 men jumped him in Chicago once occupation him racist and prejudiced slurs, as a supply told TMZ. Howard is claimed to own even questioned Smollett over his account of his alleged attack in late January 2019, and urged him to "come clean" once brothers Abel and writing paper Osundario were detained in reference to Smollett's alleged beating.
When Smollett, UN agency plays the son of Howard's character on Empire, apologized to the show's forged and crew upon his unleash from police custody on $100,000 bond, Howard was reportedly not around to listen to it.
According to TMZ, Howard wasn't the sole member of the Empire family to suppose Smollett, 36, might are lying regarding his alleged attack. which could be one reason why show producers determined to get rid of Smollett's character from the finale episodes of the series' fifth season. As, during a statement signed by Empire's co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny sturdy, they wished to "avoid any disruption on set" (via CNN).
However, simply because Howard might not are pleased with Smollett and will not have whole believed his claims, the actor seems to still have his co-star's back. On Sat, Feb. 23, 2019, Howard announce a video of Smollett on his Instagram page, showing the actor holding and twiddling with a baby whereas on a flight. within the caption, Howard wrote, "All your lil homies got you… we tend to love the hell outta you."
But Howard did not solely share the post in support of his colleague — he conjointly defended Smollett against hateful commenters, as reported by CNN. once one person left a comment criticizing Smollett, Howard responded, writing, "Sorry you're feeling that manner however that is the solely Jussie i do know." Howard continuing, "The Jussie i do know may ne'er even create by mental act one thing thus unconscious and ugly. His innocence or judgment isn't for any people to determine. keep in your lane and my lane is fellow feeling and love and compassion for somebody I've known as my son for 5 years. It's God's job to guage and it's ours to like and hope, particularly for people who we tend to claim to own dear."
So, it'd appear that Howard might have presumably required convincing from Smollett regarding his alleged attack, but, clearly, Howard is totally on his TV son's aspect.
Despite the Chicago department of local government reportedly basic cognitive process that Smollett song regarding the alleged hate crime he Janus-faced in an attempt to somehow any his acting career, Smollett has maintained his innocence. "Like the other national, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, notably once there has been associate investigation like this one wherever data, each true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," his attorneys aforesaid during a statement (via CNN). "Given these circumstances, we tend to will conduct an intensive investigation associated to mount an aggressive defense."
And, in step with TMZ sources, Empire executives do not buy that Smollett planned associate attack as a result of he wasn't happy together with his current pay on the show, because the Chicago atomic number 46 has claimed. The gossip rag noted that neither Smollett nor his representatives ever expressed that he was sad together with his per-episode regular payment. He reportedly makes $125,000 for every episode of Empire, not as well as what he earns for his contributions to the show's music.
Besides having Howard's support — despite the actor's reported doubts — Smollett conjointly has co-star Taraji P. Jim Henson in his corner. Henson, UN agency plays the mother of Smollett's character on Empire, unfolded regarding the alleged hate crime against Smollett throughout associate look on The Dr. Oz Show. "At his terribly core, he is love. that is simply UN agency he's," she said. "And love is usually gonna win."
However, Henson, 48, aforesaid all that before it absolutely was reported that Smollett might have faked his attack. But, since we have not detected Jim Henson speak out against her TV son, we'll simply assume that she's still on Team Smollett, a minimum of till there is any plain proof that he musical organization his attack.
According to Page Six, Smollett's next court date is regular for March 24, 2019.