There’s a ton of drama on Chicago-based TV show Empire… on-screen and off-screen apparently.
Two former residents of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center filed a suit against the creators of the show just weeks before the shows season 3 premiere.
The minors known only as T.S and Q.B are also suing the superintendent of the center and Cook County.
The suit claims that the when the show shot their scene at the facility last summer, they placed residents on “lockdown,” which kept them from important services and resources.
“The children for whom these facilities were intended, meanwhile, were ordered to remain in their cells, or were confined to the jail-style “pod” areas just outside their cell doors. There they were told to sit, for days on end. Their schooling continued in name only, visits from their families were interrupted, cut back, or effectively eliminated, sick-call requests were ignored, and programs that are intended to help them overcome the problems that landed them at the JTDC in the first place were cancelled or interrupted,” the suit claims.
The filming took places in 3-5 day increments in June, July and August and featured Terrance Howard’s character behind bars.
The minors and over 400 class action members are seeking profits.
This lawsuit seems to have more credibility than the suit from a Michigan woman who claimed the shows character, Cookie Lyons, was based off of her life and memoir.