As controversy surrounding Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack grows, Fox is standing by the actor.
According to Deadline, scenes involving the actor are being cut from production this week.
The website reports that despite receiving support from showrunner Brett Mahoney over the weekend, upcoming episodes of “Empire” are being re-written to reduce Smollett’s role.
In a new statement to ET, Fox said, “Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show.”
The reports came after recent unconfirmed reports that police are investigating whether Smollett staged the attack, which he alleged was a hate crime.