CHICAGO (CBS) -- It's official: embattled actor Jussie Smollett is not returning for the final season of "Empire."
The head of Fox Entertainment made the announcement to a group of television critics Wednesday, confirming series co-creator Lee Daniels' decision to drop Smollett.
The Fox chief said the network wanted to make sure they had all the information before making a final call.
Smollett was accused of staging a hate crime attack against himself in Chicago. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges.
Also, learned Smollett recently sold his California home at a loss.
According to 'Variety," Smollett sold his Studio City bungalow for about $1.65 million. That is $30,000 less than he paid for it a couple of years ago.
The 2,600 square foot home was not listed for public sale, but property records show the deal closed July 15.
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