‘Empire’ cast wants Jussie Smollett back on show after charges dropped

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The cast of TV’s “Empire” are begging for Jussie Smollett to be allowed on the show’s next season, claiming the disgraced actor is innocent and “filled with integrity.”

In a letter to Fox Entertainment, stars including Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard say they trust charges against Smollett were dropped because allegations that he staged a hate attack against himself for personal gain couldn’t be proven.

“He is innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped,” reads the April 19 letter, obtained by Deadline Wednesday. “We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed.”

“It’s clearer every day that the extreme political climate in our country has only made our system of justice and the court of public opinion more unjust,” they continue.

They say that while working with Smollett on five seasons of the show they have come to “truly know Jussie’s personal character.”

“He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity,” the letter says.

Smollett, who plays gay singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon, will appear in an episode of the show Wednesday night. It’s unclear if fans of the drama will ever see him again after he was written out of two episodes of the series’ current fifth season because of the public outrage over his case and his legal status.

All 16 felony charges against him were suddenly dropped March 26, even as prosecutors claimed he hadn’t been exonerated.

The letter from the cast was sent to Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, DisneyTV Studios and ABC Entertainment chair Dana Walden, Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn, series creator Lee Daniels, “Empire” co-creator Danny Strong and various executive producers on the series, according to Deadline.

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