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Jussie Smollett Likely Not Returning To ‘Empire’

(Chicago, IL-AP) Jussie Smollett’s run on Empire may be over. FOX renewed the show for a sixth season yesterday, and said Smollett likely won’t be returning.

He was written out of the last episodes of season five after Chicago police accused him of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself. Smollett was charged with filing a false police report over the alleged attack, but the charges were later dropped.

He is being sued by the city of Chicago over the cost of the investigation. The fifth season of Empire wraps May 8th.

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Trump: FBI, DOJ To Look Into Smollett Case

(Washington, DC – AP) — President Trump is blasting this week’s developments in the Jussie Smollett case. He tweeted this morning “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!”

It comes after prosecutors in Chicago dropped all 16 charges the Empire actor was facing in connection with accusations he lied to police about an alleged racist and homophobic attack by two men wearing MAGA hats.

When the story first broke in January, Trump sympathized with Smollett saying “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.” After the actor was accused of staging the whole thing, Trump called out Smollett on Twitter, asking “What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments?”

Chicago Police Want Smollett Investigation, Angry After Charges Dropped

(Chicago, IL) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says dropping charges against actor Jussie Smollett  amounts to whitewashing justice. Smollett was being charged with lying about a racist and homophobic attack. Emanuel said prosecutors showed that there’s a different set of rules for people in an influential position. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said justice wasn’t served because Smollett got a brokered deal.

Now the Chicago police union wants an investigation into the prosecutor who exchanged emails with a former chief of staff to Michelle Obama about the Jussie Smollett case. The union wants the Department of Justice to investigate State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to determine the extent of her involvement with the case.

Foxx had recused herself from the case, but the Chicago Sun Times reports former chief of staff Tina Tchen had put Foxx in touch with Smollet’s family days after he told police about the alleged attack.

Grand Jury Indicts “Empire” Actor Jussie Smollett

(Chicago, IL-AP) – “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett now faces 16 felony charges in connection with his alleged attack in late January. A grand jury in Chicago indicted him today. Smollett is accused of staging the attack on himself and filing a false police report about how he had been assaulted by people who called him homophobic and racial slurs.

A police investigation led to two men who claimed Smollett had paid them to do it. Chicago’s police superintendent accused the actor of using anger over racism to promote his career. Smollett was arrested last month for felony disorderly conduct and released on bond.

Smollet To Be Written Out Of Empire

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Producers of “Empire” say Jussie Smollett’s  character will be written out of the final episodes of the current season. In a statement, the producers said while Jussie has been an important part of the show, they are also aware of the effects of the legal process can have on the cast and crew members. They add, to avoid further disruption on set, they have decided to remove Jussie’s role from the final two episodes of the season. Smollett is accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself last month in Chicago in hopes of getting a bigger paycheck.

The announcement comes after Smollett was released on bail yesterday and went to the set of the hit FOX television show to apologize to the cast crew, but maintained his innocence. TMZ is reporting that some of the Empire actors said if TV executives didn’t fire him, he needs to quit on his own before he damages the show’s reputation any further.

Police Scold Jussie Smollett For Fake Hate Crime Attack

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Police are attempting to unravel the alleged attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett. The saga began in January, when Smollet told police he received a racist and threatening letter that obtained a white powder. That “substance” was later determined to be aspirin. Then about a week later, the actor, who is black and gay, claimed he was assaulted by two white men in masks, wearing pro-President Trump hats who hurled racist and homophobic slurs. Smollett also claimed his attackers attached a small noose around his neck. The alleged attack became an international news event, with plenty of high-profile celebrities, politicians, and even President Trump expressing outrage. Chicago Police, the FBI, and other agencies launched a massive investigation.

About 48 hours later, police said they reviewed hundreds of hours of video footage, but were unable to find any direct evidence dealing with the attack. They also said Smollett turned over some, but not all, of the phone records detectives requested as part of their investigation. Smollett continued to say the attack was real, telling ABC’s Good Morning America that people would believe him if he was “attacked by black or Muslim guys.” On February 13th, Chicago police picked up two men at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport they identify as Nigerian brothers who are persons of interest. The next day, there were news reports that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack. Police denied those reports.

On February 15th, things took a major turn. Police said the “trajectory of the investigation” has “shifted” after cops released the two brothers without charges. Police wanted to re-interview Smollet, but the actor refused. Police seemed to ramp-up their investigation and unconfirmed reports starting swirling that Smollett would soon be arrested. Then this morning, Smollett was charged with filing a false police report. A very somber Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who is also black, said Smollett staged the attack only to increase his salary. Johnson added Chicago didn’t deserve this “publicity stunt” and he was upset Smollett used the dark symbol of a noose. He said Smollett paid the brothers 35-hundred bucks to stage the attack and added that he believes Smollett mailed the original letter to himself.

Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Report

(Chicago, IL) – The attack on Jussie Smollett has finally come full circle and not in a good way as he is now being charged with filing a false report that registers as a class 4 felony.

It was a freezing cold late January night in Chicago, when Jussie Smollett said that he went to a local store close to his apartment to get something to eat at around 2 in the morning.   What happened next was honestly random, but in this world that we live in now, no-one is surprised by anything that happens.

Jussie, sitting on top rated show Good Morning America, shedded tears as he told Robin Roberts about an attack he suffered in which two masked men hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, beat him, threw some type of chemical liquid on him, and looped a rope around his neck in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood while yelling this is MAGA country.

Jussie, defiantly told Robin, “He punched me in the face and I punched his ass back.”  Encouraging other members of the LGBTQ community to not be afraid when confronted with adversity.  It was a good story.  One of bravery in the face of racism and hatred towards gays and black people in a tense political time for the United States.

But there were still a lot of holes …questions? Who in their right mind was out in Chicago going to get something to eat in the middle of a storm that hit Chicago with below freezing temperatures. Who??…..again who….has that much hatred for someone that they stand outside of his apartment in freezing cold temperatures hoping that their target will surface on the outside.  Armed with bleach and rope, would he come out or nah? And how was it that Jussie could say for certain that the men captured on surveillance video were in fact the men who attacked him? How was he so sure? Oh…because he was there.

One thing that was odd to me, Jussie said, as he was having this candid discourse with Robin, if I tell the truth……stop right there.  IF you are telling the truth, whether they believe you or not should never enter your mind.  Forget his reluctance to give up his phone records, we can all understand his reasoning behind that.  But at the point in which the portion you do give… produces nothing…red flags. How hard is it to show that your manager, friend or whoever was on the phone with you at a certain time of the night/day.  A screenshot would suffice.

By the time authorities identified the two people of interest on the surveillance video who turned out to be minorities and not white.  The …”This is MAGA country” verbiage became questionable.  But at the point in which they flat out told authorities Smollett planned the whole thing….all consideration stopped.

Now, to be fair, before they cooperated, the brothers told the cops they were friends of Jussie’s and were shocked to hear about what happened to him. LIES?  When they realized their falsities weren’t working they seemingly spilled all the details.  From how Jussie had sent hate mail to himself and was upset that it didn’t get a lot of attention. They  went on to detail the course of events for the night of the attack and at the end of the gab fest it was concluded that Jussie had possibly orchestrated the whole attack.

After word spread that he allegedly set the whole thing up, video surfaced of the two brothers purchasing ski masks, gloves and a red hat in a store the day before the attack. and police wanted another word with the Empire star. Are they telling the truth? Did Jussie really stage a class 4 felony attack for attention? Time will tell……

In the meantime, he’s officially being charged with filing a false report and is due in court tomorrow at 1:30pm.

 

 

Smollett Pleaded No Contest To Lying to Police During 2007 DUI Stop

(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Records show “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has previously lied to police during a DUI traffic stop in Los Angeles. The misdemeanor complaint from 2007 says Smollett gave the name of his brother and signed a false name on the promise to appear in court.

Smollett was later charged with false impersonation, driving under the influence and driving without a license. Smollett completed the terms of his sentence along with an alcohol education and treatment program in May 2008. Smollett is now suspected of faking a hate crime against himself after his two attackers say they were hired by him.

Report: FBI Investigating Jussie Smollett Letter

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Federal investigators are reportedly investigating whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett had something to do with a threatening letter he received on the Chicago set of the hit show. ABC News reports that the letter is being examined at an FBI crime lab.

The letter was sent not long before Smollett claimed he was attacked in Chicago by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him. However, since then there have been reports that Smollett may have staged the attack by paying two brothers to carry it out.

Two Suspects Released, Jussie Smollett Now Accused Of Orchestrating The Attack

(Chicago, IL) – Jussie Smollett appeared on Good American with Robin Roberts declaring that the men caught on the only surveillance submitted to the public were indeed his attackers.  Rational thinking people questioned…how does he know that? They reportedly had masks on. How does he know for sure?

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Facts that we knew about the case:  Jussie was caught on video in a nearby store.  Two men were caught walking on camera too.

Other facts:   Attack was not caught on camera but the two men featured on surveillance video were soon identified as two Nigerian brothers who were friends of Jussie’s and one was an extra on Empire.

Jussie initially claimed the two men were white and shouted racial slurs and this is MAGA country as they beat and kicked him.

As Jussie defiantly told Robin Roberts, “I fought the F***k back.” Now, one goes from support to anger as this appears to be developing into one big farce. Celebrities are known to stage publicity stunts but this one ……..was one of those that never quite added up.

Chicago PD released Abel and Ola late Friday night due to “new evidence” gathered from their interrogation … and said they’re no longer suspects.

The brothers’ lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, says her clients were released based on the key info they gave the cops … and they have a story to tell “when the time is right.”

That story appears to be that they were hired by Jussie to attack him and the whole situation was staged.  Rumors have it that Jussie is being written off of Empire. Even though studio reps denied it……there may be some truth to it! Reportedly, Jussie has hired a criminal defense attorney.  Not a good look!