Jussie Smollett headed straight to the Empire set to beg his cast mates to believe he did not stage a race hoax attack on himself hours after posting $10,000 bond and agreeing to surrender his passport at a court hearing.
Smollett, who was earlier supported by his family, is said to have told everyone on the set: ‘I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls. I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this.’
The actor, scheduled to film scenes for the show Thursday, keep cast and crew waiting for at least 30 minutes, TMZ reports. Sources say it was obvious Smollett had been crying so producers then told him come back later.
His legal team later issued a statement calling Smollett ‘a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence’.
Jussie Smollett Bond proffer – Guilty as sin.