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June 25, 2020, 7:14 PM

2 brothers change minds, will cooperate in Smollett case

Two brothers who threatened to stop cooperating with prosecutors in the case against actor Jussie Smollett have changed their mind
June 25, 2020, 7:14 PM
4 months ago

Illinois court rejects actor’s attempt to throw out charges

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has lost his bid to have the Illinois Supreme Court to throw out the new charges against him and to remove the special prosecutor that filed them
4 months ago
Illinois court rejects actor’s attempt to throw out charges
4 months ago

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to 6 new charges of disorderly conduct

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has pleaded not guilty to six new charges of felony disorderly conduct after he was indicted be a grand jury in Chicago.
4 months ago
Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to new charges
4 months ago

Actor Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to restored charges

The actor faces charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police.
4 months ago
Jussie Smollett to make 1st court appearance on new charges
5 months ago

Former 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett indicted again by grand jury in Chicago

The actor was accused of falsely reporting he was the victim of a hate crime.
5 months ago
Former 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett indicted again by grand jury in Chicago
5 months ago

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett indicted in Chicago

A special prosecutor is reviewing the actor’s case after charges he allegedly staged a racist and homophobic attack against himself were dropped.
5 months ago
‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett indicted in Chicago
5 months ago

Jussie Smollett facing new charges

The embattled actor was indicted by a grand jury over making false police reports last year following an alleged attack in Chicago. ABC News’ Kenneth Moton reports.
5 months ago
Jussie Smollett facing new charges
5 months ago

Jussie Smollett indicted in Chicago

The Former "Empire" actor was indicted by a special prosecutor in Chicago who's investigating allegations Smollett bogusly reported being the victim of a January 2019 hate-crime.
5 months ago
Jussie Smollett indicted in Chicago
5 months ago

Reports: Actor Jussie Smollett faces new charges

Actor Jussie Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity
5 months ago
7 months ago

Jussie Smollett countersues city of Chicago for 'maliciously prosecuting him in bad faith'

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has filed a counter lawsuit against the city of Chicago, claiming that authorities 'maliciously' prosecuted him.
7 months ago
Jussie Smollett sues city of Chicago for 'malicious prosecution'
8 months ago

Judge allows Chicago suit against Jussie Smollett to proceed

A federal judge has refused to dismiss Chicago's lawsuit against former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett
8 months ago
Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit against Jussie Smollett
9 months ago

Judge finds no bias from Jussie Smollett special prosecutor

A Chicago judge says he's keeping a special prosecutor looking into why the state's attorney's office abruptly dismissed charges against actor Jussie Smollett, despite conflict-of-interest questions
9 months ago
10 months ago

Judge close to naming special prosecutor in Smollett case

An Illinois judge seems close to appointing a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself
10 months ago
10 months ago

Judge to rule on tossing suit against Smollett in October

Chicago is suing the actor for the costs of an investigation.
10 months ago
Status hearing set for civil lawsuit against Jussie Smollett
1 year ago

Smollett wants Chicago's lawsuit moved to federal court

Jussie Smollett wants the lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court
1 year ago
1 year ago

Police release video of Jussie Smollett with noose

In the body camera footage from Chicago police, the former "Empire" actor is seen with a noose around his neck.
1 year ago
Police release video of Jussie Smollett with noose
1 year ago

What happened? Timeline of investigation into Jussie Smollett's attack claim

The ongoing probe has been replete with one stunning twist after another.
1 year ago
What happened? Timeline of investigation into Jussie Smollett's attack claim
1 year ago

First look at Jussie Smollett the night he claims he was assaulted

The video is part of 69 hours of surveillance and other images made public by the Chicago Police Department.
1 year ago
First look at Jussie Smollett the night he claims he was assaulted
1 year ago

Police release video of Jussie Smollett with noose around his neck

Some 69 hours of police video were released Monday, with two videos showing the moment when police first arrived at the actor's residence after receiving a 911 call.
1 year ago
Police release video of Jussie Smollett with noose around his neck
1 year ago

Bodycam footage shows Jussie Smollett with noose around neck

Chicago police officers found the "Empire" actor with a noose around his neck.
1 year ago
Bodycam footage shows Jussie Smollett with noose around neck
1 year ago

Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probe

A judge has decided to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors do dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett
1 year ago
Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probe
1 year ago

'Empire' creator Lee Daniels on the Jussie Smollett scandal: 'I’m beyond embarrassed'

"Empire" creator Lee Daniels opens up about the embarrassment he feels over the Jussie Smollett fiasco.
1 year ago
'Empire' creator Lee Daniels on the Jussie Smollett scandal: 'I’m beyond embarrassed'
1 year ago

Chicago releases 911 calls from Smollett incident in January

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.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Jussie Smollett won't return to 'Empire'

Jussie Smollett will not return to "Empire" for season six, according to the series' co-creator, Lee Daniels.
1 year ago
Jussie Smollett won't return to 'Empire'
1 year ago

Jussie Smollett will not return to 'Empire,' says series co-creator Lee Daniels

Daniels shot down a report that said Smollett would be back for season six.
1 year ago
Jussie Smollett will not return to 'Empire,' says series co-creator Lee Daniels
1 year ago

Photo evidence, other documents related to 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett's criminal investigation released

The Cook County State Attorney's Office released over 2,000 pages of documents.
1 year ago
Photo evidence, other documents related to Smollett investigation released
1 year ago

Police release documents from Jussie Smollett case

Authorities in Chicago have released the police files relating to the investigation of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.
1 year ago
Police release documents from Jussie Smollett case
1 year ago

Chicago Police release documents from Jussie Smollett investigation

Authorities in Chicago have released the police files relating to the investigation of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.
1 year ago
Chicago Police release documents from Jussie Smollett investigation
1 year ago

File says Smollett couldn't contact brothers after arrest

A case file unsealed in Chicago says one of Jussie Smollett's conditions after posting $10,000 bail was that he have no contact with two brothers police say he paid to help stage a racist, anti-gay attack
1 year ago
1 year ago

Illinois judge orders records in 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett criminal case be unsealed

Charges were dropped in March in a controversial agreement with prosecutors.
1 year ago
Judge orders records in 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett criminal case be unsealed
1 year ago

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

The Fox network says 'Empire' will be back for one last season in the fall
1 year ago
'Empire' will go 1 more season, Smollett's future is unclear
1 year ago

'No plans' for Jussie Smollett to return to 'Empire' amid hate crime fallout

Fox said Smollett remains under contract, but the actor is off the show for now.
1 year ago
'No plans' for Jussie Smollett to return to 'Empire' amid hate crime fallout
1 year ago

'No plans' for Jussie Smollett to return to 'Empire' amid hate crime fallout

Fox said Jussie Smollett remains under contract, but the actor is off "Empire" for now.
1 year ago
'No plans' for Jussie Smollett to return to 'Empire' amid hate crime fallout
1 year ago

Chicago's top prosecutor subpoenaed in Jussie Smollett case

Retired appellate judge pushing for a special prosecutor to investigate the case
1 year ago
1 year ago

Brothers implicated in Jussie Smollett 'hoax' attack sue the 'Empire' actor's lawyers

Ola and Abel Osundairo claim the actor paid them to help stage a street attack.
1 year ago
Brothers file defamation suit against Jussie Smollett's lawyers
1 year ago

Brothers implicated in Jussie Smollett 'hoax' attack sue the actor's lawyers

Ola and Abel Osundairo claim the actor paid them to help stage a street attack.
1 year ago
Brothers implicated in Jussie Smollett 'hoax' attack sue the actor's lawyers
1 year ago

State attorney Kim Foxx gets death threats after dropping Jussie Smollett charges

Her office did not offer specific details about the threats, but it said they included "racially charged language."
1 year ago
Prosecutor gets death threats after dropping Jussie Smollett charges
1 year ago

Prosecutor gets death threats after dropping Jussie Smollett charges

Her office said the threats included "racially charged language."
1 year ago
Prosecutor gets death threats after dropping Jussie Smollett charges
1 year ago

Prosecutor threatened after Smollett charges dropped

The Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case has received death threats in the wake of the dismissal of charges against the "Empire" actor
1 year ago
1 year ago

State's Attorney Kim Foxx calls Jussie Smollett 'washed up celeb who lied' and R. Kelly 'pedophile' in texts

Documents released Tuesday showed state's attorney Kim Foxx said things about Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly.
1 year ago
State's attorney calls Jussie Smollett 'washed up,' R. Kelly a 'pedophile' in texts
1 year ago

State's attorney calls Smollett 'washed up' in texts

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx referred to "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett as a "washed up celeb who lied to cops," according to newly revealed text messages.
1 year ago
State's attorney calls Smollett 'washed up' in texts
1 year ago

Investigation launched into handling of Jussie Smollett case

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said that she "invited" the inspector general to look into her office's handling of the case involving the "Empire" actor.
1 year ago
Investigation launched into handling of Jussie Smollett case
1 year ago

Chicago sues Jussie Smollett over $130,000 spent on alleged hate crime investigation

The city outlined its case against the "Empire" actor in a detailed timeline.
1 year ago
Chicago sues Jussie Smollett
1 year ago

City of Chicago sues Jussie Smollett

The city formally filed a civil complaint against the "Empire" actor after he refused to reimburse the city more than $130,000 in police overtime costs.
1 year ago
City of Chicago sues Jussie Smollett
1 year ago

City of Chicago suing 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett for more than $130,000

The city had asked the actor to pay for the cost of the investigation in which police said he falsely claimed that two men had attacked him.
1 year ago
City of Chicago suing 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett for more than $130,000
1 year ago

Jussie Smollett 'will not be intimidated into paying' $130,000 to Chicago for investigation, lawyer says

The city said it would sue the actor after he missed a payment deadline.
1 year ago
Jussie Smollett 'will not be intimidated into paying' $130,000 to Chicago: Lawyer
1 year ago

Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett

The "Empire" actor hasn't yet paid the city $130,000 that was used to investigate an alleged hate crime against Smollett. ABC News' Kenneth Moton reports.
1 year ago
Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett
1 year ago

Taraji P. Henson shares why she takes 'great responsibility' in all roles

The actress discusses her role in the new movie "The Best of Enemies" and how the cast of "Empire" is doing in light of the controversy surrounding Jussie Smollett.
1 year ago
Taraji P. Henson shares why she takes 'great responsibility' in all roles
1 year ago

Taraji P. Henson weighs in on 'Empire' co-star Jussie Smollett's case

Taraji P. Henson, who’s starred alongside Jussie Smollett in “Empire” since 2015, spoke out on “The View” about the dropped charges after an investigation into his claim.
1 year ago
Actress Taraji P. Henson on co-star Jussie Smollett's case
1 year ago

Dueling Chicago demonstrations erupt over Kimberly Foxx's handling of Jussie Smollett case

The actor forfeited his $10,000 bond and did community service, officials said. Dueling demonstrations happened over Kimberly Foxx's handling of the Jussie Smollett case.
1 year ago
Dueling demonstrations over Jussie Smollett case erupt in Chicago