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Police allege Jussie Smollett staged a bias attack on himself as a publicity stunt to boost his salary on the Fox show

By Christina Dugan and Karen Mizoguchi
February 21, 2019 07:01 PM
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Just hours after posting bond and being released from jail, Jussie Smollett is back on set, PEOPLE confirms.

The actor, 36, returned to the Chicago set of Empire, the Fox drama in which he stars as main character Jamal Lyon, on Thursday.

Smollett’s bond was set at $100,000; he was released after posting $10,000 bond.

Smollett’s attorneys have promised an “aggressive defense” to the felony charge of disorderly conduct by filing the false report, which carries a maximum 3-year prison term. After he was first named a suspect and then formally accused on Wednesday, Smollett turned himself in to authorities at 5 a.m Thursday, police said.

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In a bond proffer, prosecutors allege Smollett wrote a $3,500 personal check to brothers Olabinjo “Ola” and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo in order to stage the hate attack. Prosecutors claim Smollett had met Abel on the Empire set, where the latter had been working as a stand-in for the character Kai, who is an on-screen love interest of Smollett’s character.

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Also on Thursday, police allege Smollett staged a bias attack on himself as a publicity stunt to boost his salary on the Fox show.

This marks the second time Smollett has reportedly been to the Empire set since his Jan. 29 claim that he was beset on the street near his Chicago home by two masked, black-clad men spewing racist, homophobic and political slurs.

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The actor previously returned to the set of Empire in Chicago less than one week after he was targeted in the apparent hate crime attack, according to TMZ.

Fox previously told PEOPLE in a statement that the show is currently filming season 5. “We have two episodes remaining to shoot,” the statement said.

Smollett, who was also asked to surrender his passport, is scheduled for his next hearing on March 14.