Jussie Smollett leaves court in Chicago on Thursday.

Twentieth Century Fox television will remove Jussie Smollett’s character from the final two episodes of this season of the TV show Empire, after the actor was charged with making a false report to police alleging he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

“While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,” Empire executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer said in a written statement.

“We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

Smollett, who is black and openly gay, was arrested on Thursday and charged with lying to police about the allegedly…