If you remember, the first 2 episodes of the second season of TV show, Empire, featured scenes in a prison. Well, it appeared those scenes were filmed at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and now, two former residents of the detention center have filed a class-action lawsuit against FOX and Empire, claiming the production of the show, in the facility, caused the residents, psychological and emotional trauma.
According to Page Six:
The lawsuit alleges that production shut down many areas of the facility meant to educate and rehabilitate kids including “JTDC’s school, its facilities for family visits, its only outdoor recreation yard, its library, and its chapel.”
The lockdowns allegedly caused residents to stay in their cells for “days on end.” Filming also allegedly “interrupted, cut back or effectively eliminated” family visits.
“Putting the children housed at the JTDC on lockdown so that the Defendants could use the facility to film a profitable television show was a breach of fiduciary duty, and it violated the children’s rights under the U.S. Constitution and state law,” adds the suit, which also targets the detention center’s superintendents.
As a result, the suit seeks to recoup profits earned from both episodes.