Jussie Smollett has been barred from appearing on the series finale of Empire by a County Judge who ordered for his Google data to be turned over. According to the Chicago Tribune, Special prosecutor, Dan Webb, received two search warrants as part of his investigation into Smollett. These warrants issued on December 6, were for the former Empire star and his manager's Google accounts, emails, drafted and deleted messages, Google Drive files, Google Voice texts, calls and contacts, search and web browsing history.
The prosection wanted a full year of data – from November 2018 to November 2019 – to see if Smollett had possibly incriminated himself in relation to the alleged hate crime attack against him in January 2019. Smollett was later charged with filing a false police report in the case, but charges were dropped by the State’s Attorney office.
Unfortunately for Smollett, Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn confirmed Smollett wouldn’t be returning for the series finale of the hit show Empire. Smollett had previously been written out of Empire during the show’s fifth season
“We’re not going to bring Jussie back to the show,” Thorn said. “There were a number of factors that went into the decision to not bring him back. There were many points of view about if he should come back or if he shouldn’t. As hard as a decision as that was, for us… it felt like it was in the best interests of the show and the cast.” Thorn added, “Our hope is that all of the controversy surrounding Jussie doesn’t overshadow the show, which we think is bigger than him.”