FBI Checks & # 39; Empire & # 39; Mail
After Chicago Attack
2/7/2019 1:00 PST
The FBI works with people on "Empire" to track the person who sent Jussie Smollett a hateful, threatening letter just days before the attack, and they are also on high alert for To prevent dangerous mail and other items from making their way to casting.
Sources on the set tell us that a private security company was hired by the show and met with FBI agents to establish a protocol for inspecting all incoming mail. We are told that the team is wearing gloves so that the evidence in question is not contaminated.
The security team has 2 functions … to mark threatening, incoming mail and warn the FBI and possibly connect new items to the letter Jussie already received containing homophobic and racist epithets along with an image of a nose.
Our sources say that the security team has already marked "hat mail", but we are told that it is nothing new. The show has been targeted by racists and homophobes in the past, but now everyone is on high alert and the FBI is investigating all that.
We are told that there are also daily security sweeps on the "Empire" set. Our sources say that the guards are looking for something or someone who may be out of place.
Production hired two extra makeup artists over the weekend to help Jussie and make sure his carvings and bruises from the Chicago attack are well hidden.
As we reported, Jussie returned to Chicago Sunday after his show in LA – and the police will talk to him again as part of their ongoing investigation.