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Jussie Smollett Assault Suspects Sprung By Cops Due To “New Evidence” – Update

UPDATE, 8:16 PM: Well, the plan that the supposed suspects in the Jussie Smollett alleged assault were going to continued to be questioned and held by Chicago Police didn’t last long. A little bit over an hour after a Chicago PD spokesman said that the department had canceled a planned press conference on the status of the two brothers brought in a couple of days ago and arrested today related to the attack in the early morning of January 29, the men have been released… Read

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Arrests In Jussie Smollett Attack; Chicago PD Says No Charges, Yet

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BREAKING: Two persons of interest in the January 29 assault on Jussie Smollett have become a lot more interesting to the Chicago police. After being questioned at length yesterday, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo are now in custody. "We can confirm that they have been arrested but they have not been charged," Chicago PD PIO News Affairs official Sally Born told Deadline today.The two have been brought in formally on suspicion of assault and battery. At least one of the… Read

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Fox Says Jussie Smollett “Core” To ‘Empire’; Chicago PD Slam Reports Attack Was Staged – Update

UPDATED with Fox statement & tweets: Reports that an alleged attack on Jussie Smollett more than two weeks ago in Chicago was staged as a career move are “unconfirmed,” the Chicago police said Thursday night. At the same time, Fox, the network that airs Smollett’s series Empire, rejected suggestions that the actor was being written off the series, a reason given in reports earlier in the day claiming the attack was staged. In a statement online this afternoon, a spokesman… Read

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LAPD Nabs Suspect At Netflix HQ; Never Had A Gun & Didn’t Enter Offices – Update

2ND UPDATE: The LAPD has taken a suspect into custody, and the active-shooter lockdown at Netflix’s LA HQ has been lifted. According to KTLA, a Netflix employee who had been recently fired called in a threat to a former coworker, saying he had a gun and was on the company’s Hollywood studio lot. That call reported triggered the lockdown. However, the suspect did not have a gun and never entered the Sunset Boulevard offices of the streamer, police tell Deadline. Law… Read

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Chicago Police Questioning “Persons Of Interest” In Jussie Smollett Case; No Suspects Yet

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Chicago police are cautioning reporters that the “people of interest” being questioned in the Jussie Smollett case are not considered suspects at this time: “The people of interest are alleged to be in the area where a crime was reported.” Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted shortly after Smollett’s GMA appearance this morning that through a “meticulous investigation,” detectives “have identified the persons of interest in the area of the alleged attack of the… Read

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Jussie Smollett On ‘GMA’: Addresses Doubters, His Cell Phone And Why He Was Targeted

Update, with video Jussie Smollett believes he was targeted in a racist, homophobic street attack last month because of his harsh public criticism of President Donald Trump, the Empire actor told Robin Roberts on GMA today. Asked by Roberts why he believes he was targeted, Smollett said, "I come really, really hard against 45. I come really, really hard against his administration, and I don't hold my tongue." Watch a segment of the interview below. In his first extensive… Read

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Jussie Smollett Declares Chicago PD Says He’s Been “Consistent & Credible” In Attack Recollection

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Two weeks after Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked on the streets of Chicago, the Empire star today hit back at inferences that he has changed his story or been reticent with the ongoing police investigation. "Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible," a statement put out by representatives for Smollett proclaimed on Tuesday. "Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one that Jussie… Read

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‘Patriot Act’ Host Hasan Minhaj Criticizes Netflix For Pulling Episode In Saudi Arabia

Hasan Minhaj has responded to the Netflix removal of an episode of his Patriot Act show in Saudi Arabia for political reasons. Speaking on Sunday’s mid-season premiere, Minhaj criticized Netflix’s decision to remove the episode from its service in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis claimed that Minhaj’s criticism of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman violated its anti-cybercrime law, which lists “protection of public interest, morals and the common values” as one of its goals, and… Read

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‘Empire’ Showrunner Slams “Cowards” Who Attacked Jussie Smollett; Praises Actor & His Return To Set – TCA

"He's a strong person and we're strong," Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney said Wednesday of Jussie Smollett, a week after the actor was attacked in what the Chicago police are calling a "potential hate crime." "Jussie is a proud, gay black man, and I'm not sure if the cowards were trying to beat the pride, gay or black out of him but he's strong and we're happy he's back at work," Mahoney said onstage during part of Fox's TCA presentation today. "He's been back at work… Read

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Jussie Smollett Defiant Against “MotherF***ers” Attackers In 1st Public Appearance Since Alleged Assault

BREAKING: In his first public appearance since an allegedly racial and homophobic assault earlier this week, Jussie Smollett was defiant and declarative tonight onstage. "The most important thing that I can say is to keep it simple and say thank you and I'm OK," the Empire actor said to massive cheers at a totally packed Troubadour tonight. "I'm not fully healed yet, but I'm going to and I'm going to stand strong with you all," Smollett added to a club that included Empir… Read

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Jussie Smollett Declares “Justice Will Be Served” As Probe Into Attack Continues

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Days after being the victim of an alleged racist and homophobic attack in Chicago, Empire star Jussie Smollett says he is “ok” & believes “justice will be served” as police investigate the assault. The significant statement (read it in full below) released on the beginning of Black History Month is the first time Smollett has publicly spoken out on the incident, which occurred on the chilly streets of the Windy City in the early hours of Tuesday. Having put out video surve… Read

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Jussie Smollett’s Family Decries Attack On ‘Empire’ Star As “Domestic Terrorism”

Two days after an alleged racial and homophobic assault on the Empire star in Chicago, Jussie Smollett's family has hit back at the attack, the as yet unknown individuals who perpetrated it and similar "hate crimes" against "our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings." "Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such, the Smollett family including Underground alum Jurnee Smollett-Bell added in a… Read