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As Chicago police continue to investigate the Jussie Smollett case, Fox — the Empirestar’s home network — is apparently making its own statement without uttering a word. According to multiple reports, the actor’s scenes are drastically being cut this week as production continues on the fifth season.
Deadline reports “upcoming episodes have seen serious rewrites in recent days to reduce the increasingly besieged Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.” There are apparently no plans right now to make changes to episodes already in the can. Empire returns on March 13.
The news comes after police confirmed that the scope of their investigation has drastically shifted in recent days.
On Monday, TMZ cited law enforcement officials claiming they believe the actor may have rehearsed the attack with Abel and Ola Osundairo days before the incident, referring to the brothers police brought in for questioning last week.
Yahoo Entertainment reached out to Smollett’s lawyers for further comment on the report but did not immediately receive a response. However on Saturday, the actor’s attorneys denied that he “played a role in his own attack.”
It’s been three weeks since the Empire star’s reported attack first captured headlines, and the narrative has dramatically changed. A look at the developments: