Latest Jussie Smollett News

Another "Empire" actor arrested, but on traffic offense

Jun. 17, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Another "Empire" actor has been arrested in Chicago, but this time on a traffic-related offense. Police spokeswoman Karie James said Monday that Bryshere Gray, who plays a younger brother of Jussie Smollett's character on the Chicago-based Fox TV show, was pulled over Thursday because a...

Chicago releases 911 calls from Smollett incident in January

Jun. 6, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has released two 911 calls made after "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack. Recordings of the calls following the January 29 incident were obtained by The Associated Press and other outlets Wednesday evening. Both calls...

Prosecutor shifts Smollett recusal reasons, releases files

Jun. 1, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's top prosecutor again shifted her explanation for why she recused herself from an investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim that he'd been the target of a hate crime, saying she stepped aside because of false rumors she was related to the "Empire" actor. Cook County State's...

10 Things to Know for Today

May. 31, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP ANNOUNCES NEW MEXICAN TARIFFS The president says he's slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure the country to do more to crack down on migrants trying to cross the U.S. border. 2....

Police were told deal was in works with Jussie Smollett

May. 31, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — New documents on the Jussie Smollett case released Thursday show that prosecutors told Chicago police detectives that a possible deal with the "Empire" actor was in the works a month before charges against him were dropped. The approximately 460-pages of new documents show detectives...

File says Smollett couldn't contact brothers after arrest

May. 23, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Jussie Smollett's conditions after posting $10,000 bail amid charges he lied about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack was that he have no contact with two brothers police say he paid to help stage the incident, according to a case file unsealed Thursday in Chicago. Besides...

The Latest: Unsealed file contains Smollett bail conditions

May. 23, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a judge's order unsealing the file from actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The file that a judge unsealed in Jussie Smollett's criminal case includes documents from when the actor posted $10,000 bail after being arrested on charges that he lied...

Judge won't kick decision in Smollett case to another judge

May. 17, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has rejected a request to have a judge outside Chicago consider whether to appoint a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case. Judge Michael Toomin said Friday he's not swayed by claims that it would be a conflict for Cook County judges to make the decision. Sheila O'Brien, a...

New network TV shows compete with controversy for attention

May. 17, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When broadcasters staged their annual, extravagant showcases for next season's shows, they were after media-buyers' hearts and wallets and headlines about, say, wooing award-winner Edie Falco for a police series or Jimmy Smits of "L.A. Law" fame back to a new legal drama. Then unwelcome...

Trump criticizes prosecutors at event for fallen officers

May. 15, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers on Wednesday to criticize big-city prosecutors he asserts don't go after criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety. Trump pledged to the families of fallen officers that the country will "never, ever...