Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut On ‘ Empire’ After Reports He Staged His Attack

Jussie Smollett’s ‘Empire’ screen time is getting cut down big time in the as reports collect facts based on he staged the alleged attack against him.

via TMZ:

Production sources tell TMZ … Jussie was supposed to have 9 scenes and a big musical number in the second to the last episode — which is being shot now —  but, 5 of his scenes have been cut, and his musical number has been 86’d.

As for the remaining 4 scenes  … we’re told he’s no longer the focus. The scene features an ensemble, meaning he’s flanked by a number of cast members.

With his duties pared down, Jussie will be spending way less time on set. Instead of working every day this week, we’re told Jussie’s working Friday and possibly Thursday, and he won’t be rehearsing.

Less work for Jussie means more work for writers, who are busy making edits. In the past 24 hours, we’re told the script has undergone multiple revisions. 

We broke the story … Jussie’s case is heading to a Grand Jury as early as Tuesday. Our law enforcement sources say the focus is presenting evidence that could lead to a felony indictment against Jussie for allegedly filing a false police report.

Backfired! This whole situation is getting ugly smh

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‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Hospitalized After Being Attacked By Homphobic 45 Supporters

‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett was the victim of a homophobic attack that left him in the hospital.

Going off of reports, Jussie was brutally attacked by two men who beat him up, put his head in a noose and screamed, “This is MAGA country.

via TMZ:

The incident went down around 2 AM Tuesday in Chicago, and according to one report, 2 men wearing ski masks placed a noose around Jussie’s neck during the attack. ThatGrapeJuice.Net says Jussie had recently received a creepy letter with cut out letters spelling, “You will die black f**.”

 

Law enforcement sources tell us Chicago PD is investigating the incident as a battery.

We know Jussie was admitted and treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after the attack, but he’s already been released.  

Janet Jackson Honored At The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Janet Jackson was honored with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards that took place in Atlanta on Wednesday night.

The event recognizes the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs.

via Variety:

Metro Boomin was named Producer of Year for the third year in a row. He also took home Songwriter of the Year for his work on such songs as “Bad and Boujee,” “Bank Account” and “Mask Off.” Song of the Year went to The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming,” written by Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk. Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) was awarded Publisher of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. UMPG had 15 of the most performed songs of the year.

In addition, the event honored the late Aretha Franklin, who, the performance rights organization noted, “Was part of the BMI family for 50 years.” Tamela Mann sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” followed by “You’ve Got a Friend” in honor of the Queen of Soul.

Other performers included Atlanta rapper Derez De’shon (the 2018 BMI Social Star), H.E.R. and the 411 Dance Troupe. Songs by Jackson were performed by Jussie Smollett (“That’s the Way Love Goes”), Justine Skye (“Let’s Wait Awhile”), Normani (“The Pleasure Principle”) and Teyana Taylor (“I Get Lonely”).

Missy Elliott followed with a speech in honor of Jackson, during which she quoted the singer’s lyrics.

The event was hosted by Mike O’Neill, BMI President and CEO, and Catherine Brewton, VP of Creative, Atlanta, along with lifestyle personality Kenny Burns.

Congrats Janet! Check out a few moments from the evening below.