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'90210' Fires Shots at 'Empire' Over Jussie Smollett's Alleged Hoax

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By Whitney Vasquez

"90210" wasted no time sounding off on their fellow FOX series "Empire."

During Wednesday night's episode, the beloved reboot subtly shaded their sister show over the Jussie Smollett drama in a moment between Jennie Garth and her bodyguard.

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In the scene, Jennie hears something in her backyard and thinks it's her stalker. After her sexy bodyguard decides it's nothing, he tells her he'll be reassigned by the network soon because she's not having any new stalker threats.

That's when they bring up "Empire."

"There hasn't been any new stalker threats so FOX wants to move me," he tells Jennie. "I heard there's some issues with Empire."


Blink and you might miss it, but it clearly addresses the issues "Empire" was having even before the actor's alleged assault hoax.

As The Blast reported, two days before the alleged attack on Smollett, a letter containing white powder was sent to the set of "Empire." The substance was later determined to be aspirin.

Smollett described the letter during his "Good Morning America" interview with Robin Roberts, saying, "It had a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing toward it with the words that says Smollett Jussie, you will die."

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The letters seemed to set up Jussie Smollett's theory that he was the target of a hate crime during his alleged attack.

When police arrived to the scene, he claimed his assaulters put a noose around his neck.

Smollett was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

The charges were later dropped.

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It's shocking that FOX allowed "90210" to use the real-life drama on "Empire" as the butt of their joke. Especially because Smollett's still fighting an uphill battle.

As The Blast reported, the City of Chicago has sued the actor for the amount of money that was spent during their investigation of the alleged hoax.

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