Tag: chicago police department

It Seems Like He’s Ready: R. Kelly Announces Ingenious Plan to ‘Straighten All This Stuff Out’ After Being Released from Jail… Again

Photo: Cook County Sheriff’s Office (Getty Images) As somebody who’s never spent a day in jail in my life, I can’t imagine calling up one of the homies and being like “Yo, I know these charges look crazy, but this million dollar bail ain’t gon’ pay itself. So you got […]

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Chicago Cop Says Department Punished Him For Refusing to Cover Up Shooting of Unarmed Teen

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) A Chicago police officer charged with investigating the police shooting of a mentally disabled, unarmed teen has filed a federal lawsuit saying his superiors retaliated against him after he refused to falsify records and lie about the shooting. In a federal lawsuit file Monday, Sgt. […]

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Osundairo Brothers Apologize for Ruining Black History Month with Their Involvement in Jussie Smollett’s Alleged Attack

Screenshot: TMZ “See, what had happened was…” is a staple in black households that typically proceeds a preposterous explanation for questionable behavior. But since Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo—the Nigerian siblings involved in the allegedly bogus attack on the self-proclaimed “gay 2Pac” Jussie Smollet—aren’t in a position to further […]

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On Surviving the Potential Damage Done by Jussie Smollett 

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images, Shutterstock) I wanted to be wrong. I wanted to be wrong for the many survivors whose voices will likely not be taken seriously as a result of Jussie Smollett coming forward with his testimony. I wanted to be wrong for the gay child who […]

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Official Statement Report: Jussie Smollett Feels ‘Betrayed’ by ‘Organized Law Enforcement Spectacle’ 

Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond on February 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Smollett has been accused with arranging a homophobic, racist attack against himself in an attempt to raise his profile because he was dissatisfied with his salary.Image: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty Images) Following Jussie […]

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Report: Jussie Smollett Tells ‘Empire’ Cast ‘I Swear to God, I Did Not Do This’

Actor-singer Jussie Smollett pled with his Empire cast mates Thursday evening to believe that he did not stage his own racist and homophobic attack last month, according to a report. An emotional Smollett is said to have kept his co-workers waiting for at least a 30 minutes before he was able to begin acting in […]

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Jussie Smollett Lawyers: Police ‘Trampled’ on His ‘Presumption of Innocence’

Attorneys for Empire actor Jussie Smollett said Thursday evening that Chicago law enforcement “trampled” upon his “presumption of innocence” after arresting their client for allegedly filing a false police report concerning a racist and homophobic attack against himself last month. “Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system,” […]

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Jussie Smollett Back on ‘Empire’ Set After Arrest

Actor-singer Jussie Smollett on Thursday returned to the set of Empire in Chicago after turning himself into the police for filing a false report with law enforcement, according to a report. Smollett was slated to film throughout this week on Empire, however, his role was slashed in the wake of reports that he staged a […]

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FOX Studios on Jussie Smollett: ‘We Are Considering our Options’

Twentieth Century Fox Television studios issued a statement reacting to the felony charge against Empire actor Jussie Smollett in connection to staging his own hate crime, saying they are “evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.” “We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the […]

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Police: Jussie Smollett Sent Himself Hate Letter Because He Was Dissatisfied with ‘Empire’ Salary

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday that Empire actor Jussie Smollett sent himself a threatening letter because he was dissatisfied with his salary on the hit FOX drama. JUST IN: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: Jussie Smollett “paid $3,500 to stage this attack…The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his […]

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Jussie Smollett Arrested, Bail Hearing Scheduled 

Actor Jussie Smollett of ‘Empire’ speaks onstage during the FOX portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour on August 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.Photo: Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images) This is a mess. Less than a month since news surfaced of Jussie Smollett’s alleged homophobic and […]

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‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Went from Victim to Accused Felon in 3 Weeks

CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Smollett turned himself in at central […]

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Jussie Smollett Under Arrest After Surrendering to Police

Empire star Jussie Smollett surrendered to police at 5:00 a.m. and is now in custody, reports ABC 7 Chicago. “Smollett surrendered to authorities Thursday morning after he was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report,” the report says. “Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that Smollett is in […]

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Chicago Police Officially Name Jussie Smollett a Suspect for Filing False Police Report

Jussie Smollett attends Espolòn Celebrates Day of the Dead at Academy Nightclub on Nov. 1, 2018, in Hollywood, Calif. Photo: Tasia Wells (Getty Images for Espolòn) The Empire has fallen! Or, more like, the Jussie Smollett disaster that is reading like a typical Lee Daniels script continues to give us […]

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Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett ‘Suspect in a Criminal Investigation’

Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now a “suspect in a criminal investigation” for allegedly “filing a false police report,”  a Chicago Police Department official said Wednesday. Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently […]

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Report: Chicago Issues Subpoenas to Obtain Records from Jussie Smollett

Authorities have issued subpoenas to obtain records from Empire’s Jussie Smollett amid reports the actor-singer allegedly staged a racist and homophobic attack on himself last month, according to a report Wednesday. MORE: @ABC7Chicago has also learned subpoenas have been issued to obtain records from Jussie Smollett. — Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 20, 2019 The report comes as lawyers […]

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CBS: Brothers Told Police Jussie Smollett Behind Sending Himself Hate Letter

The two men who participated in the allegedly staged attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett told Chicago police that the singer-actor was behind “creating” a threatening letter sent to him on the set of the program, according to a report. Chicago’s local CBS affiliate, WBBM Channel 2, reports Smollett allegedly “orchestrated” the racist and homophobic assault on […]

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FBI Investigating Whether Jussie Smollett Involved in Sending Hate Letter to Himself

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating whether actor-singer Jussie Smollett was involved in sending a threatening letter to himself at Empire’s Chicago studio before allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself last month, according to a report. According to ABC News, FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials are probing the matter after two […]

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It Looks Like Jussie Smollett’s Case Is Headed to Grand Jury

According to TMZ, Jussie Smollett’s case will go before a grand jury early next week. Law enforcement sources informed TMZ that a panel will hear the case, however it’s unclear as to who is facing charges or what those charges might entail. On Sunday, Anthony Guglielmi, the Chief Communications Officer […]

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Timeline: Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax Attack

Weeks after Empire actor Jussie Smollett made allegations that he was violently beaten by men who hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, placed a rope around his neck like a noose, and shouted, “This is MAGA country,” local authorities suspect Smollett of orchestrating the attack. Below is a timeline of the events beginning with Smollett’s […]

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