Embattled singer made a court appearance Friday in Chicago.
“The show was made to bring America together,” series co-creator says.
The “Empire” actor was arraigned Thursday in Chicago.
Indictment claims the actor lied to Chicago police about being victim of phony attack.
Ola and Abel Osundairo were paid to stage the attack, according to Chicago police.
The singer faces 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
Singer is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Smollett’s reps say the actor “fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence.”
Actor’s attorneys insist he played no “role in his own attack.”
A police spokesman says at least one of the men worked on “Empire.”
ABC7 Chicago alleges the actor was being written off “Empire” and wanted to save his job.
“How can you not believe that? It’s the truth,” he told Robin Roberts.