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was a Hollywood actor jussie Smollett character has been cut from the final two episodes of FOX's hit pop TV drama empire the show's creator says the decision was made to quote avoid further destruction on set , a media frenzy has followed small let since he was arrested and charged with staging a hoax hate crime attack on himself police say the openly gay actor paid two brothers thirty five hundred dollars to beat him up in a stage a racist and homophobic attack alleging the perpetrators put a noose around his neck all of this police say because small lead was unhappy with his salary on empire I'm left hanging my head and asking why why would anyone especially an African American man use the symbolism of a noose , to make false accusations how can an individual who's been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around a slap everyone in this city in the face by making these files truck planes police did not specify how the thirty six year old actor had hoped to boost his salary by staging such a hoax small wet says he's innocent but if convicted could face one to three years in prison