AceShowbiz - Jussie Smollett reportedly apologized to the cast and crew of "Empire" upon his return to the set on Thursday, February 21. The actor is back to work after he surrendered to police in relation to charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying about being the victim of a hate attack on January 29.
Sources tell TMZ that the cast and crew had to wait at least 30 minutes for Smollett to arrive before they began the filming. When he eventually showed up, he reportedly looked emotional and addressed everyone on the set while being surrounded by his family.
"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," he allegedly said, maintaining his innocence.
Smollett appeared to have been crying a lot, so producers reportedly let him leave the set and come back later. The 36-year-old actor/singer did come back and has been shooting his scene.
Smollett turned himself in to Chicago Police Department earlier on Thursday after he was named a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a fake police report. He was charged with two felony counts. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond.
Following his arrest, his legal team released a statement criticizing the Chicago Police which accused Smollett of staging the attack in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career." The statement read, "Mr. Smollet is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing."
It continued, "Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system. The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election."