On the episode, Smollett’s character, Jamal, had to end his engagement when his fiancé, Kai, couldn’t agree with his family’s illegal actions. Eventually, Jamal’s family became involved in some high-profile drama, which he had to address. “I don’t know if y’all been reading the blogs and all the foolishness, but it’s kinda been a tough week,” Jamal said.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a news conference that he "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career". Mr Smollett is charged with filing a false police report after he said he was the victim of a homophobic attack. Police say he also had sent a racist letter to himself at a Fox studio.
According to Cardi B, his actions ruined Black History Month. Reacting to the new development which is beginning to make people doubt Jussie Smollet, Cardi B shared, Sources told CBS 2 News that Smollett allegedly promised to pay two friends, brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, $4,000 to stage a racist and homophobic assault — which the trio allegedly rehearsed beforehand.
The men were picked up by police on Wednesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and their apartment was searched the following day. They were questioned on Friday but police were obliged to release them as they had not been charged within 48 hours. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted: "Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charges."