Jussie Smollett Ordered to Pay $130,000 to Chicago Police For Attack Investigation

Billboard News Today City officials on Thursday (March 28) ordered Jussie Smollett to pay $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation into his report of a street attack that police say was staged to promote his career. A letter from the city’s legal department to Smollett and his attorneys said that figure covers overtime worked by more […]

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Pres. Trump: ‘FBI & DOJ to Review the Outrageous Jussie Smollett Case’

Billboard News Today “It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” the president tweeted on Thursday morning (March 28). Pres. Donald Trump on Thursday (March 28) tweeted about prosecutors’ decision to drop all charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett, calling it “an embarrassment” and suggesting that the FBI and the Department of Justice would review it. “FBI & DOJ […]

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Mayor Emanuel blasts prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett: ‘This is not on the level’

Chicago Tribune In a stunning reversal, Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime. Calling it “a whitewash of justice,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel tore into the decision, emphasizing repeatedly that a grand jury had […]

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Judge to be Asked to Let Cameras In Court For R. Kelly Case

Billboard News Today A request by media organizations to have cameras allowed in the courtroom for the case of R&B star R. Kelly is about to come before a judge. The issue is expected to be the focus of a hearing Friday where Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood will preside. Kelly is charged with […]

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Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts by grand jury

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime, NBC News confirmed Friday. Smollett was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct for the alleged false report he made with Chicago […]

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Chicago Police Looking For Source of Leaks in Jussie Smollett Case

Billboard News Today Chicago police say they are conducting an internal investigation to determine the source of information leaked anonymously to media during the probe into Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s claims he was attacked. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the investigation began after Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct last month. Investigators say Smollett staged a racist, […]

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