Eddie Johnson

For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury’s 16-count indictment announced Friday against Jussie Smollett might be the result of prosecutors looking to charge the “Empire” actor for individual lies they contend he told about the night he says he was attacked by two masked men. The reasons are not explained in the indictment, but legal experts say … Continue reading For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

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

Smollett reactions epitomize polarized state of US politics

Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president’s supporters as bigots. The case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett encapsulates the polarized state of political discourse in America. With Smollett … Continue reading Smollett reactions epitomize polarized state of US politics

CHICAGO | The Latest: No immediate comment from Smollett attorneys

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 12:40 p.m. An LGBTQ rights group is calling on anyone who feels let down by the allegations against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to channel their anger and disappointment into productive activism to fight hate crimes. The Human Rights Campaign released … Continue reading CHICAGO | The Latest: No immediate comment from Smollett attorneys