More trouble for Empire’s Jamal, Jussie Smollett as he gets sacked from upcoming Broadway play, ‘Take Me Out’

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Just as the hate crime scandal of January begins to fade slowly for television star, Jussie Smollett, he has again lost his role on an upcoming Broadway play, “Take Me Out.”

The racial abuse against Smollet, which prosecutors eventually said was self-staged, is believed to have evicted him from “Take Me Out,” which is about to begin shooting.

To make matters worse, the city of Chicago has handed the actor a $130,000 bill, which would cover the cost and the time wasted on the investigation. But the insistence of his lawyer, Mark Geragos, to contest the verdict would drag the case much longer.

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If things had gone ahead as expected, the Empire star was supposed to play a character by the name of Darren Lemming. He’s a “mixed-race baseball player who comes out as gay at the peak of his career and ultimately suffers an attack by a teammate hurling racial and homophobic slurs.”

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