In his first interview since the press conference where he accused actor Jussie Smollett of orchestrating a hate crime, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appeared on “Good Morning America” to proclaim that more evidence exists against the actor that is yet to go public.
“There’s a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet that does not support his innocence...physical, video and testimony,” Johnson told Robin Roberts.
Johnson’s interview came on the heels of an announcement by “Empire” producers – which includes showrunner Lee Daniels – that Smollett was cut from upcoming episodes of the show.
“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply,” The show said in a statement released to The Blast. “While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of 'Jamal' from the final two episodes of the season.”
The statement comes not long after 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment admitted they were “evaluating the situation” and “considering what to do next.”
Smollett appeared in court on Thursday, where he was ordered to pay a $10,000 bond and surrender his passport after being arrested on felony charges of filing a false police report and disorderly conduct.