The fallout continues

Hospital workers just lost their jobs for spying on Jussie Smollet’s private medical records

Jussie Smollett teary eyed

More sad and totally avoidable consequences from the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax…

Dozens of employees at Northwestern Memorial Hospital have reportedly been fired after allegedly improperly reviewing the actor’s medical records.

Smollett was treated at the hospital on January 29 after he claimed to have been violently attacked by two men outside a Subway restaurant.

CBS Chicago reports:

Sources said those workers have been terminated after gaining access to the “Empire” actor’s medical chart. Smollett has since been charged with staging the whole incident.

One of the nurses said it was a misunderstanding, and claimed she never even accessed Smollett’s chart, but she was fired last week and believes many other nurses and staffers were fired for the same reason.

The nurse said she was called in at the end of her shift last Tuesday, fired on the spot and escorted out of the hospital.

The nurse went on to say that she was never given a chance to explain herself and insists she never looked at the actor’s chart, she simply scrolled past his name in the hospital database while searching for another patient’s records.

She is now appealing her termination.

Honestly, hospital workers absolutely should not have been reviewing Smollett’s–or any patient’s–charts without permission. No if’s, and’s, or but’s. There are very clear laws about that sort of thing. (See the HIPPA Privacy Rule.)

At the same time, if Smollett hadn’t have lied about the attack and checked into the ER for self-inflicted injuries that he could then include in a bogus police report, none of this would have ever happened.

And if the nurse is telling the truth, and she really didn’t look at his chart, then she’s yet another innocent bystander in this whole mess.

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for Northwestern Memorial Hospital said it doesn’t comment on the their workers’ employment statuses.

Smollett is scheduled to appear in court March 14. Though he denies any involvement in the attack, producers have cut his role from the remaining episodes of Empire this season.

Related: Robin Roberts rips into Jussie Smollett for bogus interview, says he arrived two hours late to set