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Judge tosses Smollett’s malicious prosecution lawsuit

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed actor Jussie Smollett’s malicious prosecution lawsuit against the city of Chicago and several police officers. The former “Empire” actor told police he was beaten by two men who looped a noose around his neck and threw vile comments at him in an attack near his home in downtown Chicago in January last year. Chicago police said the attack was staged, and Smollett was charged with making a false report. Those charges were subsequently dropped with little explanation from prosecutors.

Actor Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to restored charges

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself last year in Chicago and falsely reporting to police that the phony attack was real.

Jussie Smollett: Chicago prosecution was malicious

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett says his $10,000 payment after the close of a criminal case should prevent Chicago from seeking reimbursement for a police investigation of his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

Fox reveals how ‘Empire’ will handle Jussie Smollett’s character’s departure in final season

Although it was officially announced that FX’s popular hip-hop series “Empire” was ending its final season, no one really knew how the Lee Daniels-created drama would handle the departure of one of its biggest stars. In the aftermath of the legal woes surrounding Jussie Smollett following accusations he fabricated a hate crime against himself in January, Daniels announced in June that he will not be returning for the show’s sixth season, which is set to premiere Sept. 24.

Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the “Empire” actor’s attorneys, alleging that they repeatedly asserted publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing that wasn’t true.

Despite recusal, prosecutor told deputy Smollett overcharged

Chicago’s top prosecutor injected herself into the criminal case accusing Jussie Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack in January despite having recused herself, texting a deputy that the “Empire” actor had been overcharged by her own office, according to newly released texts and emails.

Trump says FBI, DOJ to review Jussie Smollett case

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the FBI and Department of Justice will review the “outrageous” case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, calling it an “embarrassment” to the country.

Charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett dropped

Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The “Empire” star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago.

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about attack

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago.

Kathleen Parker: The MAGA curse

Why would: (1) a successful TV star allegedly orchestrate a fake, hate-inspired attack on himself, and (2) a Coast Guard officer allegedly plot a mass-murder attack on American Democrats and journalists?

Sue Lani Madsen: Defining Hate Crime and the Drive to Just Do Something

An attention-seeking actor was arrested this week for allegedly staging a fake hate crime. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was clearly outraged when he held a news conference to announce the charges against Jussie Smollett for filing a false police report. Besides the demands on scarce Chicago Police Department resources, Johnson was angry at the chilling effect Smollett’s lies would have on future victims.

‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

Chicago police released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them.

Smollett told police attackers knew he was on ‘Empire’

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett told police that two men seemed to know who he was before they beat him, shouted racial and homophobic slurs, and looped a rope around his neck during an early-morning attack in Chicago, according to a recently released police report.