Before he became a household name thanks to Fox’s hit drama Rich, Smollett played Terry Hall, the quieter of the Hall brothers and sisters, in the first Mighty Ducks movie. While he did not return for the sequels, Smollett’s ABC sitcom On our own, who also played his siblings Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jake Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jocqui Smollett and Jojo Smollett, same year premiere D2 was released.
In January 2019, Smollett, 38, turned him into a legal scandal after an alleged attack in Chicago that killed the Rich star claims it was a hate crime against him. But a month later, the Chicago Police Department announced he was a suspect, with Smollett later pleading not guilty to 16 charges of disorderly conduct for allegedly submitting a false police report. He denied the allegations.
While criminal charges were initially dropped that March, Smollett was charged in February 2020 on new charges, with a press release saying, “A Cook County grand jury has returned a six-charge charge in which Jussie Smollett is charged with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related with his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime. “
During all this, it was announced that Smollett would be leaving Rich, with Fox said in a statement, “By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension of Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at the moment there are no plans for Jamal’s character to return. Rich.“