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Taraji P. Henson is headed to the big screen this weekend for What Men Want. However, she still has her Empire family at heart, and during a recent appearance on Today she talked to Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb about what she told her co-star Jussie Smollett after his recent attack in Chicago. She said:
The attack, which allegedly occurred last week, reportedly left the actor bruised and battered. Rumors indicate his Empire cast and crew family were told about the attack shortly after and discussions were held to determine whether or not extra security precautions were needed on set. Fox and Empire's team have supported Jussie Smollett since the reported attack and the network even made an official statement after the news broke regarding Smollett, noting:
The show actually shut down production last week due to the polar vortex, so hopefully the actor got a bit of a break before being required to return to work.
Over the weekend Jussie Smollett headed to Los Angeles, where he performed in front of a crowd, telling those at the Troubadour Club in West Hollywood that many of the facts that were reported have been off. His ribs were bruised but not broken, for example. He went to a doctor but was not hospitalized as well. He also says he “fought back” against his attackers.
Taraji P. Henson also mentioned a lot along the lines of what Jussie Smollett mentioned over the weekend. He talked about the “hateful rhetoric” need “to stop.” His co-star also iterated on Today:
Empire is currently airing its fifth season on Fox. The storyline this season for Jussie Smollett’s character, Jamal, has involved him movie back to New York from London with his new boyfriend Kai. Things have not always been smooth between Kai and Jamal, especially after their engagement went public, but we won’t see how their storyline pans out until the show returns to the schedule this spring.