'Empire' cast rallies behind 'innocent' Jussie Smollett: 'Above all he is filled with integrity'
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The cast of "Empire" rallied around their embattled co-star Jussie Smollett, writing a letter to executives at ABC, Fox and Disney in support of his return to the show. 

"We write today to ask you to keep Jussie on the cast so that we can all put this behind us and move forward," cast members including Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and Gabourey Sidibe wrote in an April 19 letter obtained by Deadline

They also described their co-star as "kind," "compassionate" and "honest."


"Throughout Empire’s five seasons working with Jussie and watching how he has conducted himself throughout this traumatic event, we have come to know not just the character Jussie portrays, but also truly come to know Jussie’s personal character," they wrote. 

"He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped," they added. "We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed."

The actors argued that the current political climate has made both the court system and public opinion less just.  

"It’s clearer every day that the extreme political climate in our country has only made our system of justice and the court of public opinion more unjust," they wrote. "It is why now, more than ever, we must stand together as a family. A family is there for us in good times and bad."

The Hill has reached out to ABC, Disney and Fox for comment. 

The show's co-creator Lee Daniels told a morning show Wednesday that Jussie Smollett's future on Empire is currently “in discussions,” according to Deadline. 

Smollett told Chicago police that he was the victim of a January crime in which he was attacked by two men who used racist, homophobic and pro-Trump language. 

Police later accused Smollett of fabricating the attack and filing a false report. He was charged with disorderly conduct, but the charges against him were later dropped