Chicago - Jussie Smollett insisted he is innocent in a tearful meeting with his 'Empire' co-stars.
The 36-year-old actor has been accused of orchestrating an apparent racist and homophobic attack on himself last month but after appearing in court on Thursday, he posted $10 000 bond and headed straight for the Chicago set of the musical drama series.
After keeping the cast and crew waiting for at least 30 minutes to film a scene, Jussie was "very emotional" when he arrived to the Cinespace Studio and then addressed everyone there.
According to TMZ, he told them: "I'm sorry I've put you all through this and not answered any calls. I wanted to say I'm sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this."
Sources told the website producers told the actor to leave the set and return later as he had clearly been crying a lot, and so was unable to shoot his scene.