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'Empire' Producers: Jussie Smollett Not Being Written Off Show

Friday Feb 15, 2019
Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett  (Source:Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Producers of the television drama "Empire" are disputing reports that Jussie Smollett's character is being written off the show.

Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment released a statement Thursday night calling the reports "patently ridiculous." The statement says Smollett "remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him."

The statement comes after Chicago police said local media reports that the attack against Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed.

Smollett has said two masked men shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him before beating him and putting a rope around his neck when he was walking downtown early on Jan. 29.

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