Employees at a Chicago-area hospital may have been fired for improperly viewing the medical records of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

Sources told CBS2 Chicago that dozens of workers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital were abruptly terminated after gaining access to Smollett’s medical chart following an attack that police now say was staged.

One nurse who was fired told CBS2 that she and others did not access Smollett’s chart, but scrolled past it while looking for other patients’ names.


She told the station that she was fired at the end of her shift and not given a chance to explain, and that she thinks they were all fired for the same reason. The nurse said she is appealing her termination.

The hospital declined to comment to CBS2, citing company policy that prohibits commenting on employment status. The Hill has also reached out to the hospital.

Smollett checked into the hospital last month, saying he was attacked by two men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, shouted pro-Trump slogans, tied a rope around his neck and poured a chemical substance on him.

Chicago police said last month that Smollett paid the two men to stage the assault.

He has since been charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, and faces one to three years in prison. He was released on $100,000 bail and maintains his innocence. He has been cut from the final episodes of this season of “Empire.”