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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 fall through the floor following Jussie Smollett scandal

The hip-hop soap opera returned from winter hiatus on Wednesday, airing its first original episode since Smollett was arrested.
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Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to 16 Felony Charges in Chicago

The charges against Smollett, an actor on the TV show “Empire,” stem from his report of a racist and homophobic attack that the police say was staged.
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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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Did A Broken Surveillance Camera Prevent Race Riots?

Opinion Jussie Smollett Arrested 2019 USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Jussie Smollett didn’t have to have his two paid conspirators put on masks and MAGA hats. Smollett selected a spot for his staged assault where the attack would have been recorded. He wanted a video of his attack to be captured. Smollett wanted it to go viral. He wanted a video what showed white Trump supporters beating a black man. In 1992 the video or Rodney King being beaten by cops was on T.V. We saw the video hourly, the resul...
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Empire Actor Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of Lying to Police About Being Attacked

Smollett is charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct
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Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty in Hoax Assault Case

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to a 16-count indictment accusing him of orchestrating a fake hate crime. Smollett appeared in court in Chicago to answer the indictment, which a grand jury returned last Friday. If convicted, the “Empire” star could face three years in prison, though it is also possible he would […]
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Judge to be assigned to Jussie Smollett’s case at hearing

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge is expected to be assigned to Jussie Smollett’s disorderly conduct case when the “Empire” actor returns to court Thursday. That judge will then likely ask Smollett to enter a plea. Smollett is accused of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two men […]
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After Michelle Obama's former aide's urging, prosecutor pushed for FBI to investigate Smollett

At the time of the correspondence, Smollett was still considered by police as a victim of an assault. The actor was later charged with allegedly staging an attack to make him look like the victim of a brutal hate crime.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Attorney: Brothers regret role in alleged Smollett scheme

CHICAGO (AP) — The attorney for two brothers accused of helping stage an attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in downtown Chicago says the men regret their involvement. Gloria Schmidt represents Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo. She told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the brothers agreed to help Smollett because of their friendship […]
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At Michelle Obama's former aide's urging, prosecutor pushed for FBI to investigate Smollett

At the time of the correspondence, Smollett was still considered by police as a victim of an assault. The actor was later charged with allegedly staging an attack to make him look like the victim of a brutal hate crime.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Cook County prosecutor suggested Smollett probe go to FBI

CHICAGO (AP) — Records show Cook County’s top prosecutor asked Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett before the actor was charged with lying to authorities. Email and text messages given to the Chicago Sun-Times by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx show she made the effort after […]
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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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The Latest: Smollett's lawyer welcomes cameras in courtroom

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local):
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Smollett expected at hearing to discuss cameras in courtroom

CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is expected at a Chicago hearing to discuss whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct case. A spokeswoman for Smollett’s attorneys says the actor is expected to attend Tuesday’s hearing in Cook County criminal court. A grand jury indicted Smollett last week on […]
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The unreliable count of hate crimes

Laws on hate crimes raise longstanding questions of fairness both in theory and practice, including (when enacted at the federal level) dangers of overextension of federal criminal law and inroads on the prohibition against double jeopardy. The role of hate crimes as culture war rallying points can make things worse. In the Jussie Smollett episode, journalists came under fire for raising questions about unlikely elements of the actor’s story — Smollett had been “doubly victimized as the subject...
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Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts of lying to Chicago police

(This March 8 story has been refiled to correct amount of alleged payment by Smollett to $3,500 instead of $35,000 in paragraph 8) By Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - Television actor Jussie Smollett, arrested last month on a single charge of perpetrating a hate-crime hoax, has been newly indicted on 16 felony counts of falsely reporting to police that he was assaulted by two strangers shouting racist and homophobic slurs. The indictment, returned by a Cook County grand jury on Thursday ...
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Leaks In Jussie Smollett Case Under Investigation By Chicago Police

The constant barrage of information about Jussie Smollett's alleged attack – mostly from anonymous sources – has left many of us feeling confused and overwhelmed over the last few weeks. The Chicago Police Department says “same,” and has now opened an internal investigation, Deadline reports.“I would like to point out that a lot of the information out there was inaccurate and there were numerous agencies involved in this investigation,” Sgt. Rocco Alioto told the publication on Friday, noting t...
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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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Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts after being accused of staging racist attack on himself

Jussie Smollett, an actor in US series "Empire" has been indicted on 16 felony counts by a grand jury in Chicago after being accused of staging a racist attack on himself.  Smollett, 36, who is considered one of America's leading black television actors, was accused by police late last month of  "exploiting the pain and anger of racism" in a "shameful" attempt to boost his own profile. He was charged with making a false statement to police, which carries a sentence of up to three years in ja...
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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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Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Counts That He Falsely Reported Assault, Records Show

The actor on the television series “Empire” faces 16 counts of disorderly conduct after a grand jury handed up indictments dated Thursday.
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Smollett's lawyer cites 'overkill' after actor indicted on 16 counts of lying to police

The "Empire" star's legal woes deepened after a Chicago grand jury indicted him on 16 felony counts of lying to police about alleged hate-crime attack.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Jussie Smollett: Empire actor faces 15 more charges for allegedly faking own racist and homophobic attack

Smollett, who is black and openly gay and plays a gay character in hip-hop drama series Empire, is alleged to have lied to police about a racist and homophobic attack he claims took place on 29 January. The 36-year-old was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct last month. At the time he was initially charged, Chicago’s police chief said that Smollett had paid two brothers to stage an assault on him.
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Smollett indicted on 16 counts stemming from reported attack

A grand jury in Chicago indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.
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Grand Jury Indicts Empire Star Jussie Smollett on 16 Felony Counts

Police say Smollett recruited two men to stage the attack
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Jussie Smollett Indicted On 16 Felony Accounts For Filing False Police Report

CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury in Chicago has indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men in Chicago who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. The Cook County grand jury indictment filed Thursday charges him with falsely reporting an offense. Smollett was charged on Feb. 20 with one count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett, who is black and gay, told police in late January that he was att...
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Jussie Smollett Indicted On 16 Felony Counts By Chicago Grand Jury

The charges expand the initial single count of filing a false police report. Now Smollett is charged with multiple counts tied to different aspects of his alleged false report about being attacked.(Image credit: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP)
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Gayle King Informs Jesse Watters That ‘All Black People Do Not Look Alike’

Gayle King would like Fox News host Jesse Watters to know that black people don’t all look the same. During an appearance on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert Thursday, King addressed Watters’ backhanded compliment for “totally redeeming herself after the Smollett fiasco.” Fellow Fox host Dana Perino had to tell Watters that it was ABC reporter Robin Roberts who interviewed Jussie Smollett, not King. King said she privately thanked Perino for correcting Watters, and made one simple request to...
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ShowBiz Minute: Swift, Smollett, R Kelly

Police: Taylor Swift stalker re-arrested; Chicago police looking for source of leaks in Smollett case; After making millions, R. Kelly could be left with nothing. (March 8)            [Author: AP]
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