After a report claimed Terrence Howard got into an angry fight with Jussie Smollett during a confrontation about Smollett’s alleged attack, Howard’s bodyguard is vehemently denying the ‘non factual’ story! He claims Howard did no such thing!
UPDATE (3/26/19), 11:35 AM EST: The charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett — over allegedly staging a racial attack against himself in Chicago on January 29 — have all been dropped, his Chicago-based attorney Ronald Safer confirms to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television issued the following statement (on March 26, 2019 at 1:15 PM EST) in wake of this development: “Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed.”
ORIGINAL: What happened on the day Jussie Smollett, 36, returned to the Empire set after being released from police custody — still remains a mystery. The bodyguard of Terrence Howard, 49, who is often seen on the show, is denying a recent report, which claimed Howard angrily confronted Smollett and demanded to know the truth about his alleged attack during an altercation on February 21. In a long message posted to Instagram on February 25, Howard’s bodyguard vowed that “evil will not break up the solidarity of the ‘Empire’ family,” before he called the report “lies” and “irresponsible journalism”.
“I don’t normally address rumors and hearsay because I’m well aware that comes along with this business,” the bodyguard began his caption of a photo of him, Howard and Smollett during a scene on Empire. “However every once in awhile you come across something that happens to be so outlandish that it has to be addressed. Let me be clear @tmz_tv my brother #TerrenceHoward has NEVER EVER been in a shouting match with our beloved friend and castmate #JussieSmollett at any point. Nor has he ever confronted or grilled Jussie about any matters legal or otherwise. In fact your entire post (meltdown, refusal to leave trailer, tension, disdain, etc) is non factual.”
“Ahem [emoji] Whoever you’re paying for this fabricated info is taking you for a ride. But I guess it’s like Denzel Washington said “In our society now, it doesn’t matter if it’s true. Now it’s just first. Who cares, get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts.” Evil will not break up the solidarity of the #Empire family. PERIOD”. The bodyguard added the hashtags, “#Lies #Rumors #tmz #WeLoveJussie #IrresponsibleJournalism #DontBelievetheHype”.
In the comments of the post, the bodyguard answered a few fans who responded with praise that he “spoke out.” In reply to one person, he said, “I wasn’t going to let that BS story go unchecked!” Taraji P. Henson‘s makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff also responded to post, writing, “Facts!!!”
The report in which Howard’s bodyguard denied also claimed that Howard never believed Smollett’s story about his alleged attack from the very beginning.
Smollett returned to the Empire set on February 21, after he was released from police custody in Chicago. Authorities charged him with filing a false report for allegedly staging a January 29 attack on himself, making it look like he was the victim of a hate crime. Smollett has denied the charge and was released on $100,000 bail. His next hearing is set for March 14.