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EMPIRE Star Jussie Smollett Weighs-In On Shocking Plot Twist … Jamal Was Married To A Woman!

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The sudsy drama picks up tonight on television’s hottest show, Empire (9PMET/8PMCST)!  The Fox series from creator Lee Daniels has been breaking all total audience and viewers demo records over the last five weeks.  And last Wednesday, viewers learned that there is a mysterious woman in Jamal’s past (Jussie Smollett) … who claims he fathered her child! But on tonight’s all-new episode this plot even gets juicier!

The woman named Olivia (Raven-Symone) was married to Jamal! Of course, fans of the series have been rooting for Jamal, the gay son of hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), to rise above all the prejudice thrown at him,have a successful music career, take control of the empire, and have a love life with his beau Michael (Rafael de la Fuente), but this twist offers some new perspective!

Jussie Smollett, who has been one of the breakout stars of Empire, weighs-in on the plot twist with TV Guide.  He related: “They were indeed married. It was all just a sham of a wedding. It certainly wasn’t something that Jamal’s heart was completely in, but it was what he felt that he needed to do and another way that Lucious handled the puppeteering of Jamal early on in his life.”

As to how Michael will react to Olivia’s shocking emergence into Jamal’s life, Smollett previewed, “I think it definitely hurts Michael to hear that, but I also think it hurts Jamal to say that.  He could have said, ‘There’s no girl’ or ‘No, I’m not dating a girl right now.’ He could have said anything. … I think it was just this cluster-beep of emotion that goes through when asked a question like that — that’s so personal even when you’re expecting for that question to be asked.”

So, what do you think about the plot twist that has Jamal once married to Olivia?  Do you think he fathered her child? Share your thoughts below!

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Mo
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Mo

Can’t wait for tonight! If it was a marriage sham, then did they sleep together? If they didn’t, then the kid isn’t hers natch, but if they did, who knows? But way has she waited so long to come forward?

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I’m loving Jussie as Jamal. What a sensitive and deep actor he is.
Looking forward to tonight’s show.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

He not the daddy…Olivia wants a piece of the Empire!!!

su0000
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su0000

Empire is awesome.. I’m addicted!

(( 3 shows I can’t miss and look forward to seeing; GH, Gotham, Empire!!
All the primetime soaps are very good.. luvin the 21st century TV media !

Alan
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Alan

Why do soaps think every gay man sleeps with a woman at least once in his life?

Lil Angel
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Lil Angel

Seriously, they never reveal straight guys to have a secret gay relationship in their past.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

There are shows that actually do go there…guys who experimented in college “just one time”, etc…

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Jussie Smollett Releases New Rap Single ‘Thank You God’ Speaking On the Injustice of His Court Case

Now that former Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) is out of jail while appealing his conviction for the 2019 Chicago hate crime hoax, in which he was at the epicenter, the singer/actor wasted no time dropping a rap single.

On his Instagram account, Smollett posted a short clip of a new rap song, which speaks about his court case and the injustices brought down upon him by the system.

The track entitled,“Thank You God,” features Smollett rapping lyrics like: “You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?”  He also raps, that there will come a day when he can sit down and talk with his followers.  He gives a mention to “D.L.” who many believe is CNN anchor, Don Lemon, who was originally one of Smollett’s main advocates.

Jussie served 10 days of jail time of his sentence of 150 days before being released . He also has 30 months of probation ahead of him and was ordered to pay $120,106 to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine for his actions.

Smollett says any funds raised for “Thank You God” will be donated to the Illinois Innocence Project, Rainbow Push, Secure The Bag Safety.

Check out Jussie’s Instagram post containing the rap below/

Now let us know, what do you think about Smollett releasing this track and still defending his innocence? Comment below.

 

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‘Empire’ Star, Jussie Smollett, Sentenced to 150 Days In Jail For Fake Hate Crime Attack

Late Thursday, former Empire actor and singer, Jussie Smollett, was sentenced in Chicago more than three months after being found guilty on five felony counts to the alleged 2019 hate crime hoax that made national headlines, and got the actor fired from the former Fox primetime drama series.

In the sentencing, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days starting immediately.  In addition, he received 30 months’ probation, and has to pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution, plus Jussie received an additional $25,000 fine.

Cook County Judge James Linn, who levied the sentence, came down hard in his words on Smollett due his actions noting he was, “selfish, arrogant and narcissistic.”  The judge added, “You wanted to make yourself more famous throwing a national pity party for yourself. You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be the victim of a hate crime.”

Linn went in on Smollett for his ‘performance’ and ‘pure perjury’ when the actor took to the witness stand in his own defense last year.

At the end of his sentencing, Smollett pulled down his mask to speak. He then let everyone in the courtroom know that he feels he is innocent, adding, “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this. And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”

Just before he was taken into custody, Smollett yelled again that he was innocent and raised a fist in the air as he exited.

Watch the sentencing of Jussie Smollett below, then weigh-in.  Did Smollett get enough of a sentence for his crime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Ex-‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Counts For Hate Crime Hoax

Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) from Fox’s former primetime soap opera, Empire, was found guilty on Thursday on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct stemming from making a false report to the Chicago police department that he was the victim of a hate crime.

The actor’s account of the story dates back to 2019 and finally made its way to the Chicago court system for trial.

In the end, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and today to return the verdict after sitting through testimonies of 13 witnesses.

According to reports, Smollett did not look at his family or the judge during the reading of the verdicts on the six counts he was charged instead he looked at the jury members.

Smollett could face up to 3 years in a prison and a $25,000 fine, Judge James Linn will have discretion in imposing a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count.  That will happen at a later date.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb said at a post-verdict news conference: “Mr. Smollett would not have lost this case as he did today unless the jury found that he lied to them. The fact that he came up with a completely ridiculous story to explain his misconduct did not apparently have an impact on the jury’s verdict.”

During the trial brothers, Bola and Ola Osundairo testified that Smollett had paid them to stage the hate crime attack on him in an attempt to get media attention.  The brothers testified that they fake punched Smollett, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and used racist and homophobic slurs, because Jussie told them to do so in return for the money.

According to Smollett’s defense team, they will appeal the verdict.

So, what do you think about the guilty verdict for Jussie Smollett? Comment below.

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