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Jussie Smollett's Future on 'Empire' Unclear as Character Gets Married – Variety



SPOILER ALERT: Jussie Smollett's character on "Empire" got married in TV's first-ever black, gay wedding, but the actor's ongoing assault controversy makes his future on the show uncertain.

The episode titled "Never Doubt I Love," which was Smollett's last confirmed appearance in the fifth season of the drama series, as the show's writers removed him from the final two episodes following his arrest for allegedly filing a false police report

If the episode was indeed Smollett's last appearance, his character Jamal Lyon had a happy ending. He married his boyfriend Kai Givens (Toby Onwumere) and finally earned the acceptance of his father's, Lucious Lyon (Howard), who just arrived in the morning to walk him down the aisle. Jamal three at his prewritten vows at the last minute, choosing instead to speak.

In January, the actor claimed two men assaulted him in a hate crime, but Chicago did not find any evidence that the attack actually happened. In March, the 1

6 charges against Smollett were suddenly dropped, prompting Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to call the decision a "whitewash of justice" and President Trump to encourage the Justice Department to investigate.

"Empire" creator Lee Daniels, a fellow actor and politicians originally stood by Smollett's claims, but distanced themselves once they confirmed their suspicions of a hoax.

Ahead of this episode, the series stars, including Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, penned a The fifth season finale of "Empire" airs on Fox on May 8


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