CHICAGO—“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been released from jail after posting bond on Feb. 21.
Smollett walked out of the Cook County jail in Chicago on Thursday about two hours after a hearing in which the judge set his bond at $100,000.
The actor walked out in a group of people and to a waiting SUV. He didn’t speak to the large media contingent waiting outside.
Smollett is charged with felony disorderly conduct.
Police allege that Smollett hired two brothers to help stage the attack, which he described to police as racist and homophobic in nature.
Smollett’s lawyers said at the hearing that the actor denies the allegations against him.
Prosecutors say “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett gave detailed instructions to two brothers who helped him in a staged attack against him in downtown Chicago, including giving them specific slurs to yell and telling them to shout “MAGA country” and to drape a rope around his neck.
Assistant State’s Attorney Risa Lanier said at a news conference Thursday that Smollett even pointed out to the brothers a specific surveillance camera that he thought would capture footage of the Jan. 29 attack. Police say the camera was pointed another way during the staged attack.
The 36-year-old actor said little other than giving his name at the beginning of Thursday’s hearing.
Smollett’s attorney asked Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. to release Smollett on his own recognizance. However, the judge said that would be inappropriate.
TNT says it isn’t going to air an upcoming episode of “Drop the Mic” featuring “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett “in the interest of not being exploitative of an incredibly sensitive situation.”
The cable network issued a statement Thursday saying it is shelving the episode of the battle-rap show that pitted Smollett against “Orange is the New Black” actress Danielle Brooks and “American Idol” star Clay Aiken against “Sharknado” star Ian Ziering. It will instead air an episode that pitted actress Raven Simon against comedian Ron Funches and boy band singers Joey McIntyre and Joey Fatone against one another.