Jussie Smollett Could Return for 'Empire' Final Season

Jussie Smollett
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Jussie Smollett in Season 5 of EMPIRE.

Jussie Smollett may be returning to Empire for its final season, less than a year since he was cut from the series.   

"It would be weird in my mind to end this family show and this family drama of which he was such a significant part of without seeing him," Showrunner Brett Mahoney told TVLine"It's fair to say it's being discussed, but there's no plan as of yet to bring him back. There's been no decision made."    

In January, the actor told police that he was beaten by two men in a hate crime, claiming they who looped a noose around his neck and shouted pro-Trump comments at him. Soon after, Smollett was charged with making a false report and staging the attack, and he was cut from Empire.

Prosecutors dropped the case in March.