(AllHipHop News) 20th Century Fox bosses have denied claims Jussie Smollett was being written off hit show "Empire" at the time of his brutal attack.
The 36-year-old actor was targeted by two men outside his apartment in Chicago, Illinois, last month, with the thugs allegedly pouring a chemical substance over him and tying a noose around his neck while yelling racial and homophobic slurs.
The Chicago Police Department are currently investigating the crime, and announced on Thursday that they were questioning two "persons of interest" who had been caught on surveillance video near the area where the incident took place.
Following the Chicago P.D.'s announcement, reporter Rob Elgas, who works for ABC7 - a news show about Chicago - tweeted that these persons of interest were being questioned in relation to claims they'd conspired with Jussie to stage the attack because his character Jamal Lyon was being written off "Empire."
"BREAKING: Multiple sources tell @ABC7Chicago Eyewitness News Jussie Smollet and the 2 men who are being questioned by police staged the attack – allegedly because his character was being written out of the show Empire (sic)," he tweeted.
After Elgas made his claims, 20th Century Fox executives, who make and broadcast "Empire," hit back at the allegations, and said in a statement:
"The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of "Empire" is patently ridiculous. He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him."
The Chicago P.D. also weighed in on the claims the attack was staged, saying: "Media reports (about) the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives. 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."