Art really does mimic life – the "Empire" crew light their cameras right where their former star, Jussie Smollett claims to have been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack  FOX had a crew of crew members from the show hiring in Chicago on Tuesday … literally a stone's throw from where, according to Jussie, the brothers Osundairo gave him a clobbing, dousing him with bleach and went A rope around his neck.
The set literally stands in the shadow of Jussie's house … it's the skyscraper with the reflective windows.
In these there are only substitute pictures, but it is clear, "Empire" gets ready to shoot something. Not a word if they incorporate Smollett's Real Life Drama into the show – but that can not be coincidence … they need to know the meaning of the place.
You'll remember … Jussie said he jumped on a sandwich at 2am on the way home, right next to his 300-block apartment building on East North Water Street.
"Empire" team had pitched camps. To illustrate … here a side by side of the block in which the attack allegedly took place and in which now production trucks are parked.
Of course, Jussie was eventually accused of lying and invented the whole thing and was also indicted by a large jury . He was acquitted of all criminal charges even though he was indicted by the Cook County Procuratorate – but he is not yet out of the woods.
The city of Chicago sued him for the cost of The Investigations and a few more, and Jussie is about to fight it .
Jussie will not be near shooting … unless he just wants to see old friends. FOX has already announced that it has no plans to return it for the new season.