Jussie Smollett Posts Bond, Tells "Empire" Co-Stars He's Innocent

February 22, 2019

Jussie Smollett returned to the set of Empire on Thursday after posting $10,000 of his $100,000 bond. TMZ reports that the actor apologized to his co-stars--but maintained his innocence. "I'm sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls," he allegedly told them. "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." An insider says it was obvious that Smollett had been crying and producers said he would have to come back later to film his scene. He has since returned and completed it. Smollett's next hearing is set for March 14.