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Police Video Shows Noose Around Jussie Smollett’s Neck After Staged Attack: WATCH

The Chicago Police Department has released bodycam footage which shows officers responding to former Empire actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett, still wearing a noose around his neck following the staged hate crime, tells police “there’s bleach on me,” asks officers if he is being filmed and asks them to turn the cameras off. Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct on March 6 for falsifying reports that he was the victim of a hate crime. Those charges were abruptly dropped on March 26 and the case sealed with...
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Lee Daniels Says He’s ‘Beyond Embarrassed’ About Forcefully Defending Jussie Smollett on Social Media After Staged Attack

Screenshot of Lee Daniels video in defense of Jussie Smollett / Instagram Empire co-creator Lee Daniels said he’s “beyond embarrassed” that he came out so forcefully in defense of Jussie Smollett after initial reports broke that the Empire actor had been the victim of a hate crime, which later turned out to be staged by the actor himself. Said Daniels to Vulture: “I’m beyond embarrassed. I think that when it happened, I had a flash of me running from bullies. I had a flash of my whole life, of my...
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FOX’s ‘Empire’ is Ending After Next Season, and Still Has No Plans to Bring Back Jussie Smollett

The FOX drama Empire is ending after its next season and the studio still has no plans to bring back actor Jussie Smollett. Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said the sixth season would be turned “into a television event.” NBC News reports:’When pressed on whether Jussie Smollett would be returning for the show’s final season, Collier said, “At this point, we have no plans for that.” But Collier also noted that “the writers room for next season hasn’t even gathered yet.”‘ Last month, Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV...
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‘Empire’ is Returning for Season 6, with ‘No Plans’ to Bring Back Jussie Smollett’s Character

Empire will be returning to FOX for a sixth season but Jussie Smollett will not, at least as things stand right now. Said Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV in a statement on Tuesday: “By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for Season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire.” A spokesman for Smollett released a statement to Variety: “We’ve been told that Jussie will not be on ‘Empire’ in the beginning...
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Trevor Noah: ‘I Don’t Know Who’s Writing the Jussie Smollett Story But They Deserve a Raise’ — WATCH

The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah digested the news that the two brothers paid by Jussie Smollett to stage a hate crime against the Empire actor are now suing for defamation. “This is a storyline that nobody could have predicted,” said Noah. “The Nigerian brothers are saying Jussie hurt their reputation by telling people that they aren’t con artists and scammers. You realize that?” TONIGHT: Whoever is writing this Jussie Smollett story deserves a raise. pic.twitter.com/XrHVQageSb— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 24, 2019 The post Trevor Noah: ‘I Don’t Know Who’s...
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In Open Letter, ‘Empire’ Cast Pleads with Producers to Bring Back Jussie Smollett: ‘He is Filled with Integrity’

Empire / Fox Six members of the Empire cast have written a letter to producers of the show, pleading with them to bring Jussie Smollett back for the sixth season. “We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed,” they say in the letter, which you can read in full below. On Wednesday, Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo filed a federal lawsuit against Smollett’s attorneys Mark Geragos, Tina Glandian and the Geragos & Geragos law firm, saying the lawyers defamed them....
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