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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Judge allows Chicago suit against Jussie Smollett to proceed

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss Chicago’s lawsuit against former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

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” …


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 …


Chicago prosecutor defends decision to drop Smollett charges

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Wednesday defended the decision by her staff to drop charges that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack in January.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Eugene Robinson: In allegedly faking his attack, Smollett grievously injured countless others

The minute I heard Jussie Smollett’s story, I suspected it would eventually fall apart – and I feared the potential consequences for genuine victims of genuine hate crimes.


Chicago top cop says Jussie Smollett faked attack because he was ‘dissatisfied with his salary’

Actor Jussie Smollett faked a threatening letter and then, a week later, staged a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the “Empire” …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

‘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 …


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 …


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 …


‘Empire’ actor says account of attack has been consistent

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said Friday that he has been “consistent on every level” with the police during their investigation into what he says was a racist and homophobic attack …


‘Empire’ cast member alleges homophobic attack in Chicago

A cast member on the hit television show “Empire” alleged he was physically attacked by men in Chicago who shouted racial and homophobic slurs, police said Tuesday.