Judge Tosses Jussie Smollett’s Double Jeopardy Claim

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Friday shot down actor Jussie Smollett’s attempt have the criminal charges against him dropped, telling the actor that the new charges against him do not violate his right against double jeopardy. Smollett’s attorneys made the double jeopardy argument after a special prosecutor secured a six-count indictment on […]

Judge Tosses Smollett’s Malicious Prosecution Lawsuit

CHICAGO (AP) — 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 that he was beaten by two men who looped a noose around his neck and threw vile comments at him in an attack near his […]

Jussie Smollett Sues City Of Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is suing Chicago for malicious prosecution and says the city should not seek payment from him to cover the cost of the investigation into his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack because it accepted his $10,000 bail “as payment in full.” […]

Special Prosecutor To Look Into Smollett Case

A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to look into why the Chicago state’s attorney’s office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former Empire actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself that he staged to get attention.

Special Prosecutor To Examine Smollett Probe

A judge has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors do dismiss all charges against Jussie Smollett.

Jussie Smollett Will Not Return To ‘Empire’

“Jussie [Smollett] will NOT be returning to Empire,” series co-creator Lee Daniels said Tuesday. Daniels was responding to a Variety report in which multiple production sources said that Empire’s writing staff was working on ideas for the show’s sixth and final season with the expectation that Smollett would appear in the back half of the 18-episode season. This is the first public acknowledgment that Smollett will not return for the final season of the Fox drama.

Fox Renews ‘Empire’ For Season 6

Producer 20th Century Fox TV has extended embattled actor Jussie Smollett’s option, but his character on the Fox hip-hop drama is not currently slated to return in the newly ordered season.

‘Empire’ Cast Writes Letter Supporting Smollett

Empire stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are appealing to Fox for their embattled co-star Jussie Smollett to return for the show’s sixth season. Henson, Howard, and the rest of the drama series’ top cast, penned an April 19 letter to Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chair Dana Walden, Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn, Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and other executive producers on the series.

Chicago To Sue Jussie Smollett For Investigation Costs

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse Chicago investigative costs and the city said Thursday it will sue the “Empire” actor for money spent investigating what officials say was a phony racist, anti-gay attack that Smollett staged. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s law chief sent Smollett a March 28 letter demanding he […]

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Smollett

Jussie Smollett’s attorneys said Tuesday that the Empire actor’s record had “been wiped clean” of the 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was assaulted by two men. The actor insisted that he had “been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.”

Smollett Pleads Not Guilty In Hoax Case

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. Lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on behalf of the 36-year-old actor during a hearing in Cook County Circuit Court […]

Jussie Smollett Indictment Casts Shadow Over ‘Empire’ Return

Jussie Smollett Out At ‘Empire’

Empire is no longer standing by its man. The Fox drama has suspended Jussie Smollett in the wake of the actor’s arrest for allegedly staging last month’s hate-crime attack against himself.

‘Empire’ Mulling Jussie Smollett’s Future With Show In Wake Of Arrest

Empire is “evaluating the situation” in light of Jussie Smollett‘s arrest for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself, Fox announced Thursday.

Smollett Goes From Victim To Accused Felon

Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Empire actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report, a charge that could bring up to three years in prison and force the actor, who is black and gay, to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a Jan. 29 beating. Smollett turned himself in to Chicago police Thursday morning and is expected to appear in court later in the day.

Jussie Smollett Mystery Deepens

Here’s a timeline to help keep track of the twists and turns in the reported assault on Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor.

Police, Fox Dispute Smollett Attack Reports

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson contacted at least one Chicago news outlet to say investigators have no evidence to support their reporting that the attack against Empire actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax. The spokesman added that Johnson said the “supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate.”

Smollett Expresses Anger Over Attack, Public Doubt

CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett says he’s “pissed off” that some have doubted his claims about being attacked outside his Chicago apartment last month. The actor who stars in the Fox drama “Empire” made the comments during an interview with ABC News that’s set to air Thursday on “Good Morning America.” A preview clip from the […]

Photos Released Of Suspect In Smollett Attack

Detectives reviewed surveillance footage of Empire actor Jussie Smollett walking to his downtown Chicago apartment, but so far none of the video shows him being attacked by two masked men, although investigators have obtained images of people they would like to question, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Police: No Footage Yet Showing ‘Empire’ Actor Being Attacked

CHICAGO (AP) — Detectives have reviewed surveillance footage of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett walking to a downtown Chicago apartment after an early-morning visit to a Subway restaurant, but none of it showed an attack on the actor, a police official said Wednesday. Investigators “for the most part” can confirm the route Smollett took early Tuesday […]

‘Empire’ Continues Production After Smollett Attack

Empire filming is continuing as scheduled for the day, a source says, amid the assault and subsequent hospitalization of star Jussie Smollett early Tuesday in Chicago. The Fox show’s production schedule remains “fluid” for the rest of the week, according to the source. It’s not yet known how Smollett’s injuries will ultimately affect production on the current season, which would typically wrap in March.

‘Empire’ Cast Member Alleges Homophobic Attack

CHICAGO (AP) — 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. Police did not release the actor’s name but a statement from Fox, which airs “Empire,” identified him as Jussie Smollett, 36, who plays Jamal Lyon […]