Ratings for the Fox television show Empire are plummeting after its star, Jussie Smollett was arrested for apparently staging a fake hate crime attack against himself.
CHICAGO (AP) — ‘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.
Chicago police say a 19-year-old woman faces attempted murder and other charges in the shooting of an officer who was serving a warrant.
Chicago police say an officer was shot while executing a warrant and one person was taken into custody.
Jussie Smollett’s defense attorney Mark Geragos appeared on CNN Friday and declared on air that Smollett is the victim of a “media gangbang.”
If it can be proved he deliberately used the mail to commit a fraudulent act, that is a federal crime that could mean up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Empire actor Jussie Smollett on Friday was indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 16 felony counts in connection to an alleged hate crime staged against himself in January.
R&B singer R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago again, this time for reportedly owing $161,000 in unpaid child support.
In his first interview since being charged with sexual abuse, R&B star R. Kelly cried and ranted about being “assassinated,” calling his accusers liars and alleging that people are after him for his money.
Musician Queen Latifah said in a new interview that she still supports indicted felon Jussie Smollett because she hasn’t seen “definitive proof” that he staged an attack against himself, as Chicago police now believe.