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Jussie Smollett cleared on all charges after emergency hearing

Prosecutors today dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of orchestrating an attack on himself and falsely reporting it to the police. Smollett, 36, was seen arriving at a Chicago courtroom around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for an emergency hearing. Following his court appearance, his attorneys released a statement saying that the actor's "record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him." "Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to i...
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Jussie Smollett: prosecutors drop charges against actor accused of fabricating attack

The Empire actor had allegedly filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in ChicagoCriminal charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett for fabricating a hate crime attack in Chicago have been dropped, his lawyers said.“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th,” ...
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Jussie Smollett: police drop charges against actor accused of fabricating attack

The Empire actor had allegedly filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in ChicagoCriminal charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett for fabricating a hate crime attack in Chicago have been dropped, his lawyers said.“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th,” ...
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'Empire' ratings hit series low after Jussie Smollett's arrest

Ratings for Fox's "Empire" dropped dramatically when the show returned from a hiatus last week. It was the first new episode to air following actor Jussie Smollett's arrest. The episode was viewed by 4 million people, according to Nielsen. That's down 13% from the last episode in December, and 35% from the comparable premiere last year. Wednesday's new episode hit a series low with fewer than 4 million viewers. Chicago police said Smollett staged an assault as a publicity stunt. He turned hims...
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'Empire' ratings plunge after Jussie Smollett's arrest

Ratings for Fox's "Empire" dropped dramatically when the show returned from a hiatus on Wednesday. It was the first new episode to air following actor Jussie Smollett's arrest. The episode was viewed by 4 million people, according to Nielsen. That's down 13% from the last episode in December, and 35% from the comparable premiere last year. Chicago police said Smollett staged an assault as a publicity stunt. He turned himself in last month. Audiences don't seem too excited for "Empire" followi...
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“Empire” Facing Cancellation Over Jussie Smollett Scandal (Report)

The stunt Jussie Smollett (allegedly) pulled may cost him not only his own job but also jobs for the entire Empire cast and crew.According to TMZ, Fox has yet to renew “Empire” for a sixth season, which has left actors and crew members wondering whether the show is facing cancellation.Production sources have reportedly said that “anxiety is high” over the delay because several other Fox shows have already been told whether they will be renewed or canceled.TMZ reports:We’re told people who’ve bee...
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Smollett Attorney: 16 Felony Indictment Is ‘Vindictive’

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for Jussie Smollett says a 16-count indictment against the “Empire” actor is “vindictive” and Smollett “maintains his innocence.” Mark Geragos says in a statement that he did not expect a Cook County grand jury would charge Smollet with 16 separate counts and the indictment is “prosecutorial overkill.” He says the indictment “is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the ou...
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Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts for faking his assault

A grand jury indicted Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for falsely reporting that he was assaulted by two men who, he claimed, targeted the Empire actor because he is black and gay. The two men later told police that Smollett paid them to stage the attack as a publicity stunt that Smollett hoped would land him a raise. Smollett will be arraigned on Tuesday. From the Chicago Sun Times: The indictment, which was made public on Friday, cites Smollett with disorderly co...
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Drake’s Daddy Dennis Graham Is Out Here Holding It Down for His Friends R. Kelly and Jussie Smollett

One of the things about family is that you definitely don’t choose them and you most certainly can’t control them.Drake’s daddy is a rogue, pimpin’ soul from Memphis. But who knew he was pals with R. Kelly and Jussie Smollett?According to an interview in Variety, Aubrey’s father is not only friends with two of Black America’s Most Wanted, but he’s also a staunch defender of both men who have pretty much been successfully tried in the court of public opinion and social media. Drake’s Dad on R.Kel...
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Cardi B Says Jussie Smollett “F**ked Up Black History Month”

Cardi B says she’s “really disappointed in Jussie Smollett” because she feels like “he f**ked up Black History month.”On January 29th, Smollett, who stars on the hit Fox show Empire, told Chicago police that he was assaulted by two masked men who beat him, poured a chemical substance on him, placed a rope around his neck, and shouted at him: “This is MAGA country!” The Chicago Police Department investigated the alleged attack as a “possible hate crime” because Smollett told them that the men scr...
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Victimhood, Inc.

With all the hoax “hate crimes” and #MeToo shakedowns, a buddy of mine said he wants to get in on the action. He was going to claim to be sexually harassed/hate-crimed at work and, when asked by whom, he planned to respond, “By anyone who will settle.” He went on to say, “You notice it is never the middle-income Waffle House manager who gets accused of sexual misconduct; it is always rich folk. I want a piece of that action.” He’s onto something. An increasing number of claims are made with fina...
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Terrence Howard Had a Meltdown on “Empire” Set & Confronted Jussie Smollett About Faking Attack (Report)

In public, Terrence Howard is the biggest supporter in Jussie Smollett’s corner. Behind the scenes, however, is a totally different story.TMZ reports that Howard had a “complete meltdown” Thursday (Feb. 21) on the set of Empire after Smollett’s arrest for felony disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police about being attacked by white Trump supporters. Sources told the gossip that the Empire set was a “complete disaster” due to the day’s events.Terrence was reportedly so pissed at Jussie th...
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FBI Says Jussie Smollett May Not Have Sent Hate Letter to Himself, Jussie Says $3,500 Check Was for “Training”

The FBI is disputing the Chicago Police Department’s claim that Jussie Smollett sent a threatening hate letter to himself before allegedly staging his January 29th attack with Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo.According to TMZ, the FBI says they don’t know who wrote that letter because they’re still investigating. Meanwhile, Jussie says that the $3,500 check he wrote to Abel Osundairo was for training and not to stage a hate crime attack.Via TMZ:TMZ has obtained documents that on the surf...
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WATCH: Jussie Smollett Roasted by the Daily Show in Hilarious “Jussie’s Lie” Parody Trailer

Now that it’s been confirmed that Jussie Smollett’s lied his ass off about being attacked by Trump supporters, we knew it wouldn’t be long before comedians started parodying the whole situation. And first up is The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.The Daily Show, which airs weeknights on Comedy Central, put together a fake Lifetime-esque movie trailer mocking Jussie’s “attack” and how it came to be, starring look-a-like Jaboukie Young-White as [email protected] has some thoughts on Jussie Smollett:...
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The hate Jussie allegedly faked happened to me

My ex-boyfriend and I were walking home along Hollywood Boulevard late one night about 15 years ago, when, out of nowhere, we were blindsided by two men and their fists. It all happened so quickly, I don't actually remember how it began. My first memory is pushing off one guy and turning around to see my boyfriend on the ground being kicked by the other. They were shouting anti-gay slurs at us. I ran over to my boyfriend, yelling for the guy to get off of him. That's when either a boot or fist k...
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“Empire” Considers Recasting Jamal Lyon Role After Dropping Jussie Smollett From Season 5 Finale

Producers for Empire announced early Friday (Feb. 22) that Jussie Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon would not appear in the final two episodes of the show after his cast mates made it clear that they want nothing to do with him after his arrest for lying to police about being attacked by racist, homophobic Trump supporters.And now, reports suggest producers for the hit Fox series are considering bringing in a new actor to replace Smollett instead of simply writing his character out of the show.Acc...
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Jussie Smollett Suspended from ‘Empire’ Season 5 After Allegedly Staging a Hate Crime Attack

Jussie Smollett has been suspended from the current season of FOX’s music industry drama Empire. The decision comes after the actor was arrested for allegedly staging a hate crime attack against himself in Chicago. At the end of January, Jussie Smollett was hospitalized after allegedly being the victim of a hate crime attack in Chicago. At the time, Smollett claimed two men attacked him in the streets of Chicago with some kind of chemical substance. They also supposedly wrapped a noose around...
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Empire executives suspend Jussie Smollett and say his character Jamal will not appear in final two episodes

Jussie Smollett's character Jamal will not appear in the final two episodes of Empire, the Fox show's executive producers have said. Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report after alleging he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, authorities have said. Police in Chicago had earlier said the 36-year-old actor was being considered as a suspect in the case and have now confirmed charges have been brought against him. He has been charged by Cook County Sta...
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Jussie Smollett Released on $100K Bail, Actor Told Police He Has an Untreated Drug Addiction

Jussie Smollett was released from the custody of Chicago police Thursday afternoon (Feb. 21) after posting $100,000 bail.The Empire star looked pathetic as he did the walk of shame from Cook County jail and was swarmed by the media before leaving in a black SUV. According to TMZ, during his arrest, Smollett told police he has a drug problem that’s never been treated, which could become relevant later in the case because cops said Jussie bought ecstasy from Abel Olundairo.“IF he were convicted, ...
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Jussie Smollett Texted Nigerian Brothers “Might Need Your Help on the Low” Before Staging Attack

Prosecutors have released not-so-shocking new details in the Jussie Smollett case following his arrest for lying to police.According to the court documents, obtained by TMZ, Smollett sent a text to Abel and Ola Osundairo four days before the staged attack, then met with them to go over details.Prosecutors also said Smollett “received” the now-infamous hate mail letter, which contained homophobic and racial epithets, on January 22nd at the Chicago studio where Empire is shot.TMZ has the details b...
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Dear Jussie Smollett: As a Gay, Black Survivor of a Violent Attack, I Feel Let Down

I don’t want to jump to conclusions … again. That’s what got so many of us into trouble after you became trending news on Jan. 29. Although things are looking rather bleak for you, Jussie, this is still America, where you are innocent until proven guilty. It’s also the era of #MeToo, which has taught […]
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Mugshot Madness: Jussie Smollett Arrested, Police Say Actor Faked Attack Because He Was Unhappy With “Empire” Salary

The look on his face says it all…Jussie Smollett posed for this mugshot after he turned himself in to Chicago police Thursday morning.The actor’s arrest came just hours after he was indicted on a felony charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report when he said was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck.Smollett, who is black and gay, was booked early this morning (he turned himself in around 5 a.m. CT) and a...
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Jussie Smollett In Custody Following Charge Of Disorderly Conduct

Jussie Smollett has turned himself in to Chicago authorities, according to a tweet from The Associated Press. Anthony Guglielmi, the Chief Communications Officer for the Chicago Police Department, also confirmed that police currently have Smollett in custody. Wednesday evening, the Chicago Police Department confirmed on Twitter that charges of disorderly conduct had been brought against Smollett for allegedly filing a false police report."Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCount...
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Jussie Smollett Indicted, Charged With One Felony Count of Disorderly Conduct for Filing False Police Report

Not too long after Chicago police announced that Jussie Smollett had been officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report, the Empire actor was indicted by a Chicago grand jury and charged with a felony related to the ongoing investigation.According to various news reports, the 36-year-old actor was hit with the indictment after grand jurors listened to testimonies and evaluated evidence.Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said th...
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Video Shows Brothers Linked to Jussie Smollett Attack Buying Ski Masks & Red Hat Allegedly Worn in Assault

New video shows the two men who say Jussie Smollett hired them to stage the alleged hate crime attack buying a bunch of items they used during the incident.The newly released surveillance footage, obtained by CBS2 in Chicago, shows what appears to be Ola and Abel Osundairo at the checkout counter ringing up ski masks, gloves, bandanas, sunglasses and red hats. Video Shows Brothers Linked to Jussie Smollett Attack Buying Ski Masks & Red Hat Allegedly Worn in Assault Police said Smollett cla...
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Jussie Smollett Denies Paying Nigerian Brothers $3,500 to Beat Him Up, Says He’s “Angered” by Claims He Orchestrated Attack

Jussie Smollett is “angered and devastated” by reports that he paid two friends to help him stage his alleged hate crime attack in Chicago.Over the weekend, reports emerged that law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation said that Chicago police believed the Empire star rehearsed the attack with the two Nigerian brothers who were arrested in connection with the attack and also paid them $3,500, promising them an additional $500 when they returned to the U.S. from a trip to Niger...
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Jussie Smollett Faces Prison, Career Ruin if He Lied About Attack

Jussie Smollett is facing prison time and the implosion of his career if it turns out he lied about being the target of a hate crime, legal and public relations experts say. “The best thing that Jussie can do is pray and pray a lot,” said Ronn Torossian, founder of 5W Public Relations. “If he […]
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FBI Probing Whether Smollett Sent Threatening Letter to Himself

The FBI is working with the U.S. Postal Service to determine whether Empire actor Jussie Smollett sent himself a threatening letter in the days before the "hate crime" he is now under investigation for allegedly staging, two federal officials told ABC News Tuesday.The two Nigerian brothers who told Chicago Police last week that Smollett paid them to stage a racially motivated attack on him have also told the authorities that Smollett sent himself the threatening letter that arrived on the Empire...
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Rev. Al Sharpton Says Jussie Smollett Should Be Held Accountable If He Perpetuated a Hoax… (VIDEO)

Jussie Smollett is facing a lot of harsh criticism after his claims of being attacked in a hate crime are being disputed. [READ: Jussie Smollett Story Takes A Turn, Sources Claim Actor ‘PAID’ Attackers] The Rev. Al Sharpton was one of many who spoke out on the actor’s behalf after the alleged hate crime, but he now believes Jussie should face “accountability to the maximum” — if it’s found that he orchestrated the attack. Details + video below… (more…) Related Posts Jussie Smollett Story...
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Dammit, Jussie...

I kept silent on social media regarding the Jussie Smollett incident up until now, mostly because I saw how some of the folks who expressed skepticism on the matter got handled. Chris Hernandez posted on his author page on Facebook, and had people losing their fecal matter in the comments almost immediately."Yes, there is an *allegation* of a racist, anti-gay attack by Trump supporters. No, there is no evidence supporting the allegation. No video thus far shows an attack, or attackers matching t...
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