Jussie Smollett

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Smollett to Cops: Not My Fault You Spent So Much

Lawyers attempt to toss lawsuit from city of Chicago

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett's legal team says "it's ridiculous and a stretch" to make him pay Chicago $130,000 to cover the cost of the police investigation into his alleged attack in January, reports the Chicago Sun-Times . "The filing of a police report, in and of itself, does... More »

Police Release Video in Jussie Smollett Case

Body cam footage shows actor with rope around neck

(Newser) - Police in Chicago have released more than 70 hours of video relating to the bizarre Jussie Smollett case—including body camera footage from officers responding to the hate crime the actor allegedly staged. In footage from his home, Smollett can be seen with a white rope around his neck, NBC... More »

A Big Surprise Turn in Jussie Smollett Case

Special prosecutor to investigate 'unprecedented irregularities,' and Smollett may not be in the clear

(Newser) - A judge has ordered that a special prosecutor investigate "the unprecedented irregularities" in prosecutor Kim Foxx's handling of the Jussie Smollett case. And Smollett himself may face new legal trouble as a result. Foxx should have requested a special prosecutor when she recused herself from the case, Judge... More »

Jussie Smollett's Future on Empire Is Made Clear

There won't be one, says co-creator Lee Daniels

(Newser) - Empire has one more season to go, but Jussie Smollett won't be in it. Co-creator Lee Daniels quashed all speculation that the character Jamal Lyon would feature in the sixth season in a Tuesday tweet . Responding to a Variety "Exclusive" about Smollett's rumored return, Daniels wrote, "... More »

Jussie Smollett’s Case File Ordered Unsealed

The move could mean public will be able to access the file

(Newser) - A judge in Chicago ordered the file in Jussie Smollett's criminal case unsealed Thursday, saying the actor's actions did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy, the AP reports. The order by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins follows requests by the... More »

Fox: 'No Plans' for Smollett to Return to Empire

Though apparently there's a chance his character will be back eventually

(Newser) - Fox Entertainment said Tuesday that Jussie Smollett will not return to his series Empire next season in the wake of allegations by Chicago officials the actor lied about a racially motivated attack, the AP reports. "By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett's option... More »

Jussie Smollett Case Sees Another Legal Wrinkle

Osundairo brothers are suing actor's legal team for defamation

(Newser) - Because the Jussie Smollett case needed one more legal twist: The brothers implicated in the alleged assault have filed a federal lawsuit against the actor's legal team, reports NBC Chicago . Olabinjio and Abmibola Osundairo accused attorneys Mark Geragos, Tina Glandian, and Geragos' law firm of defamation by repeatedly asserting... More »

She Recused Herself From Smollett Case, Then Texted About It

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx called actor a 'washed-up celeb'

(Newser) - The Chicago Tribune and other media outlets sought a slew of police and prosecutor files related to the Jussie Smollett case; what they were able to obtain doesn't provide much insight into why the charges against Smollett were dismissed. But they do put Cook County State’s Attorney Kim... More »

Brother in 'Smollett Attack' Makes a Name for Himself

Abimbola 'Abel' Osundai wins an amateur boxing title

(Newser) - One of two brothers who say Jussie Smollett paid them to help him stage a racist, anti-gay attack against himself has won an amateur boxing title in Chicago, the AP reports. The Chicago Tribune reports that Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo became a Chicago Golden Gloves champion with a technical knockout... More »

Chicago Files Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett

City wants him to pay police overtime costs

(Newser) - The city of Chicago has made good on its promise to sue Jussie Smollett for the cost of investigating the attack it says he staged. In a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday, city lawyers say they are seeking "the full measure of damages allowed under... More »

Chicago Says Smollett Has Refused to Pay Up

City is taking Empire actor to court

(Newser) - Chicago says it is taking Jussie Smollett to court for refusing to cough up $130,000 to reimburse the city for the investigation of the hate crime he allegedly staged. The city sent the Empire actor a bill last week , saying taxpayers deserved to get the money back. The city... More »

Chris Rock: 'They Said No Jussie Smollett Jokes.' Forget About That

The comedian cracks everyone up at the NAACP Image Awards

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett didn't show up Saturday for the NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood, but Chris Rock did—and he didn't hold back, USA Today reports. "They said 'No Jussie Smollett jokes,'" said Rock after he came onstage to present outstanding comedy series. "What... More »

Jussie Smollett Investigator: 'I Am Not Perfect'

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says she's open to an outside investigation

(Newser) - Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx is open to an outside investigation into her office's decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett, the prosecutor wrote in a newspaper editorial. Foxx said in a Friday night op-ed for the Chicago Tribune that a review about prosecutors' decision to... More »

Host Hopes Jussie Smollett Wins NAACP Image Award

'I hope he wins because I’d be interested to hear his speech'

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett is nominated to win an award this weekend—and it's not for "Most Brazen Hoax." Instead, the Empire star has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and host Anthony Anderson says he hopes Smollett will win at Saturday's ceremony in Hollywood. "I... More »

Chicago Sends Smollett a Bill for Police Investigation Costs

To the tune of $130K

(Newser) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants actor Jussie Smollett to pay one way or another for allegedly falsely claiming he was the victim of a hate crime. Emanuel wanted Smollett, who was indicted on 16 counts, to face trial, but prosecutors dropped the charges. So Chicago police added up the costs of... More »

Trump: DOJ to Review 'Outrageous' Smollett Case

President tweets about the case

(Newser) - All charges have been dropped against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, but the FBI is still reportedly on the case —and one person in particular hopes to keep the heat on it. President Trump, who'd railed against Smollett last month on Twitter for insulting "tens of millions" of... More »

Cops Release Records on the Smollett Case

And top prosecutor Kim Foxx explains the decision not to prosecute

(Newser) - "Right now, there's a lot of emotion." So said Chicago's head prosecutor Wednesday as she explained the thinking behind the dismissal of actor Jussie Smollett's case—a decision that angered Chicago's mayor and chief of police, WBEZ reports. Cook County State's Attorney Kim... More »

Report: FBI Is Still Investigating Jussie Smollett

'We believe he did what he was charged with doing,' prosecutor says

(Newser) - Authorities in Chicago are confused— and angry —about state prosecutors' decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett , but the Empire star might still end up back in court. Sources tell ABC that Smollett, who was accused of staging an attack on himself in late January, is still being... More »

Chicago Mayor on Smollett: 'This Is Not on the Level'

Rahm Emanuel calls it a 'whitewash of justice' that charges were dropped

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett talked to the media Tuesday after prosecutors dropped all 16 felony counts against the Empire actor, CBS Chicago reports. "I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of doing what I was accused of," he said in Chicago, referring to allegations that... More »

All Charges Dropped Against Jussie Smollett

'Empire' actor will forfeit his $10K bond, but attorneys say his record is 'wiped clean'

(Newser) - The Jussie Smollett legal case is over in Chicago. Prosecutors in Cook County on Tuesday dropped all charges against the actor accused of making up a story about being attacked, reports NBC Chicago . The Chicago Sun-Times describes the surprise move as being connected to a "deferred prosecution deal."... More »

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