A court ruled today that a lawsuit against the Fox Network can go ahead after Fox sought to have the suit dismissed. The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that the case stems from the network’s use of an Illinois youth detention center in 2015 during filming of the hit drama series “Empire.”
“Several minors, through their legal guardians, are suing over the ‘Empire’ filming at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, contending that their due process rights were denied when they were ordered into ‘pod’ areas and forced to sit there for days,” THR reports. “During this time, the kids’ sick requests were allegedly ignored and their family visits were eliminated. These children couldn’t attend school and didn’t have access to the recreation yard, the library, the infirmary and the chapel.”
Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve expressed doubts about parts of the claim directed at Fox, while allowing the case to proceed against Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans and Superintendent Leonard Dixon.
“Now, however, after the complaint was amended and Fox took another shot at dismissal, the judge has decided to permit two claims against Fox to move forward as well,” THR reports, adding: “The judge says the lawsuit sufficiently alleges that Fox ‘colluded’ with Cook County officials by deliberately encouraging them to improperly place the youth prison on lockdown.”