“Empire” star Jussie Smollett will be taking the stage days after he was the victim of a violent attack in Chicago, and officials are making sure no copycat situations go down during the event.
Law enforcement sources tell The Blast, the L.A. County Sheriff’s department is very aware that Smollett is performing Saturday night at The Troubadour, and will ramp up patrols around the venue.
We’re told sheriffs will be monitoring the situation to make sure everyone is safe and has a fun time during the performance, and are also asking for anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it immediately.
It’s unclear if The Troubadour will also be beefing up security, but it wouldn’t be surprising, considering the national attention Smollett’s attack has garnered.
Smollett is expected to perform hits from his album, SUM OF MY MUSIC. He may also speak on the alleged racial and homophobic attack in Chicago, that left him with a noose around his neck and bleach thrown in his face.
Releasing a statement for the first time since the incident, Smollett told fans he was “ok,” and believes that “justice will be served.” As we reported, police have released a shadowy photo of two men as persons of interest, but they have not yet been identified.
Still, cops in West Hollywood are working to ensure Smollett’s first performance back in town is safe for everyone.