Smollett had gotten into hot water back on January 29, when he'd been rushed to Northwestern Hospital for treatment of wounds. The nurse claimed the situation was a misunderstanding and that she never accessed the chart.
The blast radius from the alleged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett continues to grow - and we don't mean the actor's future onEmpire or his next court appearance. She said she was not asked any questions, and never had a chance to offer an explanation.
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The social media and offline hype around the Smollett story naturally filled the talk waves of Chicago and the world-and now reports are saying that Northwestern Hospital's own staff might have gotten carried away. "The guy I've seen has always been someone who cares about people, who cares about others, and who's very kind and who's always been cool and sweet", Latifah, 48, said on Yahoo News' Through Her Eyes.
While the odds are seemingly stacked against Smollett, Latifah isn't the only star who has rallied their support for the actor.
One nurse, however, said she believes the firing was a miscommunication and is appealing the termination. However, she did concede that she and many other nurses and hospital employees were fired last week due to allegations of misconduct concerning Smollett's confidential information.More news: Venezuela expels German ambassador as crisis continues
The hospital told the local outlet that they could not comment on anyone's employment status. He has since been charged with staging the whole incident in what police believe was a "publicity stunt" to get a higher salary from for his role on the FOX Network show.
Though it is also reported that Smollett was clearly treated at Northwestern Hospital, King additionally pointed out that HIPAA would not even let him acknowledge whether any patient, Smollett or not, was treated at the hospital.
His careful, heavily guarded, and private response prohibiting access to outside parties, is, incidentally, the expected protocol for health-related matters.More news: Michael Jackson's estate posts live concert footage during 'Leaving Neverland' TV premiere