CNN host Don Lemon calls pal Jussie Smollett a liar

U.S. 12/11/21, 02:34

CNN host Don Lemon called Jussie Smollett a liar just hours after the ex–"Empire" actor was found guilty of reporting false hate crimes against himself in 2019. On Thursday, Dec. 9, Lemon and legal commentator Joey Jackson reviewed the former "Empire" actor's guilty conviction. Even though Lemon addressed Smollett's "lies" briefly, he ...

Jussie Smollett found guilty of making false hate crime report to police

U.S. 12/10/21, 16:31

On Thursday, Dec. 9, a jury returned a verdict in the criminal trial of Jussie Smollett, nearly three years after he claimed he suffered a racial and homophobic attack by two Trump supporters in downtown Chicago in 2019. The jury discussed for more than nine hours before reaching the verdict.The ...

Jussie Smollett lawyer says his guilty plea will be overturned

Trending 12/10/21, 11:21

Jussie Smollett's lawyer stated on Thursday, Dec. 9 that Smollett is "100 percent confident" that the appeals court would free him of allegations that he faked a hate crime. Smollett was earlier convicted by a jury in a Chicago criminal court. He was found guilty of fabricating false police reports on ...

Judge refuses to dismiss Jussie Smollett lawsuit and schedules trial

U.S. 10/17/21, 15:18

Actor Jussie Smollett will go on trial in late November, after an Illinois court denied his bid to dismiss an alleged hate crime case. Lawyer Hail Mary failed to convince the Circuit Court of Cook County to dismiss allegations that Smollett lied to police. He also faces six counts of disorderly ...

Police release more than 1,000 files from Smollett probe

U.S. 06/25/19, 01:05

Chicago police on Monday released more than 1,000 files from the investigation into claim of Jussie Smollett he was attacked by two men, including video footage that for the first time shows the "Empire" actor with a thin, white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a ...

Foxx releases Smollett files, offers recusal explanation

U.S. 05/31/19, 18:14

Chicago's top prosecutor has released more than 2,000 pages of documents in Jussie Smollett's case and explained she recused herself from an investigation into the "Empire" actor's claim he'd been the target of a racist, anti-gay attack solely because of false rumors she was related to him. Friday's statement from Cook ...

‘Empire’ to get 1 more season on Fox amid schedule shake-up

Entertainment 05/13/19, 09:31

Empire" will return for its final season this fall on Fox — with Jussie Smollett a question mark — and should count itself lucky. Fox, the lowest-rated network among the big four broadcasters, is hitting the reset button for the 2019-20 season by cancelling eight shows and adding 10 new ones. "Empire" ...

Answers may be coming in the Jussie Smollett case

Opinion 05/01/19, 09:06

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, as the old saying goes. And that’s exactly what one retired Illinois appeals court judge wants to use to get to the bottom of why, and how, Kim Foxx handled the Jussie Smollett case the way she did. In an April 1 Chicago Tribune op-ed, retired Judge ...

State’s attorney opposes special prosecutor in Smollett case

U.S. 04/30/19, 11:50

Chicago's top prosecutor is fighting a push to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her office's handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says she'd welcome an independent probe into her office's dismissal of felony disorderly conduct charges that accused Smollett of staging a ...

Chicago’s top prosecutor subpoenaed in Jussie Smollett case

Entertainment 04/28/19, 12:26

Chicago's top prosecutor has been subpoenaed to appear in court by a retired appellate judge who's pushing for a special prosecutor to investigate the handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sheila O'Brien also subpoenaed Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's top deputy and requested ...

Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

Entertainment 04/23/19, 09:58

Two brothers who said they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself are suing the "Empire" actor's attorneys for defamation. A lawyer for Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday in Chicago on behalf of the brothers. It names Mark Geragos and his law ...

Smollett case could undermine prosecutor’s reform efforts

U.S. 04/22/19, 23:43

Chicago's top prosecutor drew heavy criticism after she recused herself from the case against Jussie Smollett and then complained in text messages to a subordinate that her office had overcharged the "Empire" actor.But anyone who has followed Kim Foxx's work recognized in the texts the same reforms she has been ...

2 top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor’s office

U.S. 04/19/19, 08:59

Two top deputies to the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case are resigning.Documents obtained through open records requests show the resignations will take effect May 3 in the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx.Both deputies say their departures are unrelated to the Smollett case.FILE - ...

Texts: Chicago prosecutor called Smollett ‘washed up celeb’

Entertainment 04/17/19, 09:48

Chicago's top prosecutor injected herself into the criminal case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett after saying she had recused herself, texting her deputy that Smollett was a "washed up celeb" who had been overcharged.The text message was included in thousands of documents released late Tuesday by the office of Cook ...

Prosecutor asks for review of how Smollett case was handled

U.S. 04/12/19, 14:58

The Cook County state's attorney said Friday that she has asked the county's inspector general to review how her office handled "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others have criticized the decision by Kim Foxx's office to drop charges against Smollett accusing him of filing a ...

City of Chicago sues Jussie Smollett for investigative costs

Entertainment 04/11/19, 18:12

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. The 12-page civil lawsuit , filed in Cook County court, is the latest volley in a ...

Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett for costs of investigation

Entertainment 04/04/19, 20:22

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 ...

Smollett case tests relationship between police, prosecutors

Entertainment 03/30/19, 11:22

When prosecutors dropped the charges that accused Jussie Smollett of orchestrating a fake attack, the outrage was swift and overwhelming. Smollett saw his record wiped clean without offering so much as an apology. Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the decision as a "whitewash of justice" and billed Smollett $130,000 for the cost ...

FBI could review the many suspicions around Smollett case

Entertainment 03/28/19, 23:12

The FBI was already investigating Jussie Smollett before President Donald Trump tweeted that the agency and the Department of Justice would review the case, which the president called "an embarrassment" to the nation. Trump's tweet on Thursday came two days after a surprise decision by Cook County prosecutors to drop all ...

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