Terrance Howard comes out in support of his onscreen son Jussie Smollett

Terrence Howard has come out in support of his embattled Empire co-star Jussie Smollett.

Howard, who plays Lucious Lyon on the Fox musical drama, defended his onscreen son in an Instagram post on Saturday night.

In the video, Smollett is seen tickling and playing with Howard’s young son Hero on a private plane, although when is unknown.

‘All your lil homies got you…We love the hell outta you,’ Howard wrote in the caption for the clip, which has been viewed more than 377,000 times.

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Terrence Howard came out in support of his embattled Empire co-star Jussie Smollett in an Instagram post on Saturday night. Pictured: Smollett, left, and Howard in May 2018

Terrence Howard came out in support of his embattled Empire co-star Jussie Smollett in an Instagram post on Saturday night. Pictured: Smollett, left, and Howard in May 2018

Terrence Howard came out in support of his embattled Empire co-star Jussie Smollett in an Instagram post on Saturday night. Pictured: Smollett, left, and Howard in May 2018

In the video, Smollett is seen tickling and playing with Howard's young son Hero on a private plane

In the video, Smollett is seen tickling and playing with Howard's young son Hero on a private plane

How many teeth does he have?' Smollett is seen saying in the video before tickling Hero, who bursts into laughter

How many teeth does he have?' Smollett is seen saying in the video before tickling Hero, who bursts into laughter

In the video, Smollett is seen tickling and playing with Howard’s young son Hero on a private plane (left and right). ‘How many teeth does he have?’ Smollett is seen saying in the video before tickling Hero, who bursts into laughter

'All your lil homies got you...We love the hell outta you,' Howard wrote in the caption for the clip, which has been viewed more than 377,000 times

'All your lil homies got you...We love the hell outta you,' Howard wrote in the caption for the clip, which has been viewed more than 377,000 times

‘All your lil homies got you…We love the hell outta you,’ Howard wrote in the caption for the clip, which has been viewed more than 377,000 times

‘How many teeth does he have?’ Smollett is seen saying in the video before tickling Hero, who bursts into laughter.

Smollett then adds: ‘Aw, he’s such a sweet baby.’

The 36-year-old actor was arrested last week and charged with filing a false police report of a hate crime.

He claimed two white men wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats cornered him around 2am in Chicago on January 29.

Smollett said the men threw bleach on him, tied a noose around his neck and yelled ‘f****t’, ‘n****r’ and ‘This is MAGA country!’ 

However, after three weeks of investigation, Chicago police publicly announced that they believed Smollett made up the attack.

Police added that they believe Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to pretend to attack him because he was upset with his salary on Empire.  

According to a Variety report from 2016, Smollett made about $20,000 per episode while co-stars Howard and Taraji P Henson – who plays his mother on the show – each made about $175,000 per episode.

Since Smollett's arrest, his other Empire co-stars have yet to make any public statements. Pictured, left to right: Howard's Lucious Lyon, Taraji P Henson's Cookie Lyon and Smollett's Jamal Lyon in a season 4 episode of Empire

Since Smollett's arrest, his other Empire co-stars have yet to make any public statements. Pictured, left to right: Howard's Lucious Lyon, Taraji P Henson's Cookie Lyon and Smollett's Jamal Lyon in a season 4 episode of Empire

Since Smollett’s arrest, his other Empire co-stars have yet to make any public statements. Pictured, left to right: Howard’s Lucious Lyon, Taraji P Henson’s Cookie Lyon and Smollett’s Jamal Lyon in a season 4 episode of Empire

In the wake of Smollett's arrest, Fox announced his character, Jamal Lyon, was being written out of the last two episodes of season five. Pictured: Howard's Lucious Lyon and Smollett's Jamal Lyon in a season 3 episode of Empire

In the wake of Smollett's arrest, Fox announced his character, Jamal Lyon, was being written out of the last two episodes of season five. Pictured: Howard's Lucious Lyon and Smollett's Jamal Lyon in a season 3 episode of Empire

In the wake of Smollett’s arrest, Fox announced his character, Jamal Lyon, was being written out of the last two episodes of season five. Pictured: Howard’s Lucious Lyon and Smollett’s Jamal Lyon in a season 3 episode of Empire

Smollett insists he is innocent and his attorneys say they plan to mount ‘an aggressive defense’.

‘Like any other citizen, Mr Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,’ his attorneys said in a statement.

Many fans commented on Howard’s Instagram post, angry that he was defending his co-star.  

‘Sorry you feel that way but that’s the only Jussie I know,’ he replied to one comment.

‘The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly. His innocence or judgment is not for any of us to decide.

‘Stay in your lane and my lane is empathy and love and compassion for someone I’ve called my son for five years. It’s God’s job to judge and it’s ours to love and hope, especially for those that we claim to have loved.’

On Friday, Fox announced Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, was being written out of the last two episodes of season five.

Since Smollett’s arrest, his other Empire co-stars have yet to make any public statements.  

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