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

Friday Feb 15, 2019

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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