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CHICAGO | Chicago’s vast camera network helped Smollett investigation

CHICAGO (AP) — Police tapped into Chicago’s vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners’ doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, the latest example of the city’s high-tech approach to public safety. Officers said … Continue reading CHICAGO | Chicago’s vast camera network helped Smollett investigation

CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the “Empire” television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs. Smollett appeared in court for a bond hearing one … Continue reading CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO | Chicago’s vast camera network helped solve Smollett case

CHICAGO (AP) — Police tapped into Chicago’s vast network of surveillance cameras to help track down two brothers who claimed they were paid by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him. Officers reviewed video from more than four dozen cameras to trace the men’s movements before and after the alleged attack to … Continue reading CHICAGO | Chicago’s vast camera network helped solve Smollett case

CHICAGO | The Latest: Lawyer call Smollett man of character, integrity

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Lawyers for Jussie Smollett say the Chicago Police Department put on an “organized law enforcement spectacle” when its superintendent detailed investigators’ findings about the alleged attack on the “Empire” actor. In a statement Thursday night, Smollett’s legal team … Continue reading CHICAGO | The Latest: Lawyer call Smollett man of character, integrity

CHICAGO | Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie. Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, including … Continue reading CHICAGO | Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

CHICAGO | A look at why brothers in alleged hoax appear off the hook

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the “Empire” actor, so far walking away legally unscathed. Police outlined their case against the 36-year-old actor at a news conference on Thursday, saying he paid the two … Continue reading CHICAGO | A look at why brothers in alleged hoax appear off the hook

CHICAGO | Police say staged attack was meant to further actor’s career

CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted to promote his career, Chicago’s police superintendent said Thursday. Before the attack, Smollett also sent a letter that threatened him to the studio in Chicago where “Empire” is shot, Superintendent Eddie Johnson … Continue reading CHICAGO | Police say staged attack was meant to further actor’s career

CHICAGO | Police: ‘Empire’ actor staged attack to ‘promote his career’

CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted to promote his career, Chicago’s police superintendent said Thursday. Before the attack, Smollett also sent a letter that threatened him to the studio in Chicago where “Empire” is shot, Superintendent Eddie Johnson … Continue reading CHICAGO | Police: ‘Empire’ actor staged attack to ‘promote his career’