Latest Mark Geragos News

Brothers sue Jussie Smollett's lawyers, claiming defamation

Apr. 23, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself sued the "Empire" actor's attorneys on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation by continuing to insist publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing...

The Latest: Smollett's attorneys call lawsuit 'ridiculous'

Apr. 23, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed against Jussie Smollett's attorneys (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Jussie Smollett's attorneys say a lawsuit accusing them of defaming two brothers who say they helped the "Empire" actor stage an attack against himself is "ridiculous." Attorneys Mark Geragos and...

City of Chicago sues Jussie Smollett for investigative costs

Apr. 11, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett on Thursday in a bid to recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say was orchestrated by the "Empire" actor as a publicity stunt, with the city saying — at minimum — that it now wants triple the...

Smollett's lawyer warns Chicago not to sue 'Empire' actor

Apr. 5, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for Jussie Smollett has written a letter warning that if Chicago follows through on its vow to sue the "Empire" actor for the cost of the investigation into his claim that he was attacked, he'll demand sworn testimony from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the police chief and others. In a...

A look at the cast of characters in the Jussie Smollett saga

Mar. 29, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett, a successful but not A-list actor, burst into the world's consciousness in January after he reported being the victim of a racist and anti-gay attack. In the two months since, a number of figures in Chicago and beyond have gained international attention and emerged as...

Attorney Mark Geragos to defend heiress in 'sex slave' case

Mar. 28, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-profile lawyer was cleared Thursday to defend a wealthy heiress in a New York sex-trafficking case despite reports linking him to an alleged extortion plot by Michael Avenatti. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis approved Clare Bronfman's decision to hire Mark Geragos a day after...

Prosecutors say Avenatti wanted in on NY sex-slave case

Mar. 27, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An already bizarre case accusing a secretive self-help group in upstate New York of engaging in sex-trafficking took another strange turn Wednesday thanks to firebrand attorney Michael Avenatti and a courtroom scene caused by a wealthy defendant he's tried to represent. At a hearing in...

The Latest: Avenatti cameo in NY case gets judge's attention

Mar. 27, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the case involving attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local): 5:55 p.m. The embattled lawyer Michael Avenatti has a knack for injecting himself into the news. Wednesday his name popped up in connection with the federal prosecution of members of a secretive society in upstate...

True to form, Avenatti attacks Nike a day after arrest

Mar. 26, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti came out swinging Tuesday against Nike, accusing the shoemaker — without evidence — of "rampant" corruption mere hours after he was released from U.S. custody on charges he tried to extort up to $25 million from the company. In a string of posts on...

Celebrity lawyer Geragos linked to Avenatti extortion case

Mar. 26, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorney Mark Geragos has had a long career representing high-profile clients including Michael Jackson, Colin Kaepernick and Jussie Smollett. Now Geragos might need a defense attorney himself after being named in a case accusing lawyer Michael Avenatti of trying to extort Nike. Geragos...