Just when we started getting used to Naomi’s character, Camilla, dating Hakeem, Luscious banished her and she disappeared from the show. Eventually, she returned and recently took the reigns of Luscious Lyon’s Empire. It seemed she was settling into having a more dominant role on the show, so everyone was shocked to see her killed off during last week’s episode. But, is there more to the story behind writing Naomi off the show?
According to RadarOnline:
Campbell and the bad boy actor have been hooking up in recent weeks, just as his $10M lawsuit against Empire co-creator Lee Daniels heats up. Penn, 55, sued Daniels, 56, last September for defamation over an interview Daniels did with The Hollywood Reporter. Daniels compared him to Terence Howard, who has admitted to physically abusing women. Penn called the comparison “reckless and malicious,” insisting he has never been an abuser.
In light of that courtroom battle, “Sean wanted Naomi off the show,” the insider said. “So Empire complied—and had Camilla kill herself. Otherwise Naomi would have been on the show forever!”
A rep for Penn told Radar, “This is entirely fabricated and untrue. Naomi’s a friend (not ‘girlfriend’) and Sean has never discussed her work in that show.”