Here’s a timeline to help keep track of the twists and turns in the reported assault on Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor.
Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson contacted at least one Chicago news outlet to say investigators have no evidence to support their reporting that the attack against Empire actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax. The spokesman added that Johnson said the “supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate.”
Detectives reviewed surveillance footage of Empire actor Jussie Smollett walking to his downtown Chicago apartment, but so far none of the video shows him being attacked by two masked men, although investigators have obtained images of people they would like to question, a police spokesman said Wednesday.
Empire filming is continuing as scheduled for the day, a source says, amid the assault and subsequent hospitalization of star Jussie Smollett early Tuesday in Chicago. The Fox show’s production schedule remains “fluid” for the rest of the week, according to the source. It’s not yet known how Smollett’s injuries will ultimately affect production on the current season, which would typically wrap in March.
Empire was even in the Wednesday overnight ratings, allowing it to remain the top-rated show of the night. Airing at 8 p.m. on Fox, Empire drew a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.8 million viewers. It’s closest competition for the night was Survivor on CBS, which slipped a little in the demo from last week to a 1.5 but was the most-watched show of the night with 7.9 million viewers.