Fox network gets slammed with class action lawsuit after filming their hit series “Empire” at a juvenile detention center. Reportedly, while filming the first two episodes of season two at the Chicago’s Cook County Juvenile Detention Center dozens of underage inmates were on “lockdown.” According to the lawsuit, the inmates were on lockdown for “commercial benefit.”
The Fox Defendants deliberately encouraged the Government Defendants to improperly place the JTDC on lockdown during the filming of “Empire,” for commercial benefit. The actions, omissions, and conduct of the Defendants as set forth in this complaint were extreme and outrageous.
Also, the lawsuit states that the inmates were forced to stay in their pods, restricting their access to the recreational areas such as the chapel, classes, and the library. Also, the inmates visitation rights were limited during the filming of the show. The lawsuit was filed by two former inmates of the juvenile detention center, and Fox has yet to comment on the lawsuit.