After Empire actor Jussie Smollett made the news with claims that he had been subjected to a hate crime, reports started coming out that he had allegedly fabricated the events entirely.
These reports quickly became controversial and the subject of heated debates, with some defending Smollett and claiming that the media should not be quick to portray him in a negative light.
However, recent developments in the case seem to go further against Smollett’s story.
According to current reports, the actor had made the story up to draw attention to himself in fear of being written out of the show.
If the current allegations are to be believed, the two men implicated in the attack were likely former actors who played minor extra roles on Empire and could be related to Smollett himself.
After the attack allegedly happened, the two made a trip to Nigeria and were arrested upon their return to the United States.
Further investigation revealed that the two had a script for the TV show, and the police reportedly found various incriminating items at their home.
So far, Smollett continues to deny the allegations, insisting that the attack took place and was genuine.
It looks like the debate might go on for quite a while until actual evidence turns up.
At that stage, if it does turn out that Smollett had fabricated his story, this could have a permanently damaging effect on his career.
It is very likely that his aspirations for Empire will be crushed entirely at that point.
His lawyer released a statement asking his fans to stay on his side. It read: "As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying."
Can the actor redeem himself and save his once-promising career? Will he ever come clean about the whole incident?