'Empire' Cast and Crew Fiercely Divided Over Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett'Empire' Cast and CrewFiercely Divided Over Jussie
3/27/2019 6:28 AM PT
Jussie Smollett hasn't regained the full support of his "Empire" family despite criminal charges against him being dropped ... and things are still very divided among cast and crew.
Production sources tell TMZ ... there are still people on the set -- especially writers -- who believe the dismissal of charges is a vindication, proving Jussie was a victim. Point of fact ... the State's Attorney believes Jussie staged the attack but felt it was a low-priority, non-violent crime that would have resulted in a punishment of community service, so why bother.
The contingent who are angry at Jussie believes he's a liability to the show and should be cut if the show comes back for season 6.
One thing has united the cast ... they are all thrilled the case is now closed because they believe it's a threat to the show's future.
Fact is ... the case isn't closed. The FBI is still investigating the letter that was sent 8 days before the "attack," to determine if Jussie sent the letter. If that conclusion is reached, he could face federal charges.