The situation surrounding Jussie Smollett’s recent attack is only getting more and more complicated.
Rumors began swirling on Thursday, February 14 that the actor staged his own attack because he was reportedly being written off Empire.
However, the network released a statement saying there’s no truth to the rumor at all.
“The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of Empire is patently ridiculous,” the statement said.
“He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him.”
Jussie has been meeting with the Chicago Police Department in the wake of his recent attack for follow-up questions, but sources say they are not investigating the assault as a hoax.
In fact, Chicago PD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi was forced to release a statement to set the record straight.
“Media reports about the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives,” he said.
“Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate.”
This came just a few hours after a report by CBS Chicago said the police found two persons of interest in the attack and that both of them appeared as extras on Empire.
Not to mention, Jussie appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday morning and hit back at critics who accused him of lying.
“For me, the main thing was the idea that I somehow switched up my story, you know? And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing,” he told Robin Roberts.
“I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f—ot, they called me a n—er. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on top of some racist sundae.”