Jussie Smollett’s role in the TV series ‘Empire’ has been reduced by producers after he was attacked in the cold streets of Chicago weeks ago.
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The actor was assaulted by two masked villains and has spent the last few weeks recovering from the attack and working with police to identify them.
Today, TMZ reports that he has learned that his camera time in the series he helped to popularise has been reduced by its production team.
Jussie was supposed to have 9 scenes and a big musical number in the second to the last episode — which is being shot now — but, 5 of his scenes have been cut, and his musical number has been 86’d.
As for the remaining 4 scenes … we’re told he’s no longer the focus. The scene features an ensemble, meaning he’s flanked by a number of cast members.
He has denied upsetting claims that he hired two Nigerian fitness experts to beat him up and continues to work with authorities as they uncover the truth.