After the attack on actor Jussie Smollett have the producers of series Empire extra security around the Chicago set.

According to Entertainment Tonight , crew and cast were informed during an emotional meeting Tuesday morning about what happened to Smollett. The 35-year-old actor was beaten up on the streets in the night from Monday to Tuesday. The perpetrators would have made racist and homophobic statements.

In a statement, the Chicago police reported that the actor was beaten in the face and “an unknown chemical substance” was poured over him. One of the perpetrators also tied a rope around his neck.

The makers of Empire decided not to stop the production of the show, but to hire armed security personnel to guard the safety of everyone who works on the series.