Los Angeles: ‘Empire’ co-creator Lee Daniels has clarified that actor Jusie Smollett will not be featuring in the final season of the hit musical drama. Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon in the Fox show, was written out of the last two episodes of season five after he was accused by Chicago Police of orchestrating a staged assault against himself earlier this year. In response to a report, claiming that the show’s writers were preparing for the actor’s return on the show, Daniels tweeted, “This is not factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to ‘Empire’.” Smollett, 36, was initially charged with 16 felony counts related to filing a false police report. The charges were later dropped, though the city of Chicago is seeking reimbursement from the actor to cover over USD 130,000 in investigatory fees, which he has refused to cover. ‘Empire’ was created by Daniels and Danny Strong, who executive produce alongside Brian Grazer, and others.