Actor Jussie Smollett is still feeling the effects of what is believed to be a self-inflicted hate crime, despite the charges against him being mysteriously dropped by the state Attorney General.
According to multiple sources at the DailyMail, Smollett has been cut from a Broadway revival of the 2003 Tony-winning play Take Me Out, a part which he was in New York reading for just hours before his alleged attack.
“Everything was set to go and the producers were planning to announce that Jussie and Zachary Quinto were starring in the play last month,” said one Broadway insider, according to the DailyMail.
“Everyone was so supportive after the attack and then suddenly, everything shifted.”
Quinto spoke later about the attack on Smollett, saying: “I was absolutely enraged by the injustice and the senselessness of such violence. But I was also vividly reminded that we MUST continue our fight for equality and acceptance at every turn in this country and in this world.
“When talented and courageous young men like Jussie are targeted and struck down in our streets – we must collectively RISE UP against such hatred and be IDENTIFIED and be PROUD and be STRONG in our convictions of truth and self-love and love for one another.”
A second source told the publication that they had noticed the same as the first, that the events of the last few months have been shocking.
“Here is a kid who is on a hit television show, has made a name for himself, and gets the chance of a lifetime,” said that source.
“He would have come off the sixth season of Empire and kicked off the next leg of his career with a role on Broadway. And not just that, the lead role in one of the best plays of the century in his Broadway debut.”
That source then added: “Why on earth would someone throw that all away.”
Smollett’s report was later found to be false, and he was arrested by Chicago police, where he lives and reported himself to have been attacked. While the charges have been dropped, many have called for more investigation into why he was let off the hook, and for the actor to have to pay for the cost of the investigation into his alleged hate crime.