Jussie Smollett is getting back to work. Earlier this week, the 35-year-old actor and singer returned to the set of his hit show, "Empire," which films in Chicago. Smollett received an outpour of support after he was viciously attacked in the Windy City late last month.
According to TMZ, Smollett arrived back in the city following a performance at a Los Angeles club on Saturday, Feb. 2. It was his first performance since the assault. During his set, Smollett cleared up a few rumors about the incident, including the false report that he was hospitalized and suffered cracked ribs. The "Empire" star reportedly told the crowd, "I had to be here tonight, y'all. I couldn't let those motherf**kers win."
It appears Smollett has beefed up security after initially turning down the offer from Fox. The studio was concerned for the actor after he received threatening letters just a week prior to the attack. Smollett filmed his scenes and sat in on a table read this week with security nearby, TMZ reports.
Smollett is also reportedly staying at the same apartment he was living in at the time of his attack on Jan. 29 when police arrived and found him with a white rope resembling a noose around his neck. Law enforcement has released surveillance images of two potential persons of interests, but so far no arrests have been made.
Sources tell TMZ that law enforcement wants to speak with Smollett again as part of their ongoing investigation. The singer initially did not want to report his assault according to the original police report. Instead, a 60-year-old friend called authorities on his behalf.
On Feb. 1, Smollett broke his silence about the incident in a statement. "My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words," he wrote.
"I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level," Smollett continued. "Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served."