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Fox Television executives are probably rethinking their decision not to scrub all of actor Jussie Smollett's scenes from the 2nd half of Empire's season 5, which returned on March 13 - nearly a month after the disgraced co-lead star was arrested in Chicago for filing a false police report.

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Actor Jussie Smollett plead not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police investigators about an alleged hate crime. Smollett walked into Leighton Criminal Courthouse with his attorneys and bodyguard for his court appearance on March 14.

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For nearly 2 months, news organizations reported that a $3,500 check made out to two Chicago brothers by Jussie Smollett was payment for a hoax hate crime attack. But now the brothers confirm the check was in fact for a training program.

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Jussie Smollett is facing serious prison time after a Chicago grand jury returned a 16 count indictment against the disgraced actor for filing a false report of a hate crime and making other false statements to police.

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Queen Latifah is standing by her pal Jussie Smollett as he faces accusations of paying 2 brothers to beat him up as part of a hate crime hoax.

The ex-Empire actor claimed he was the victim of a hate crime outside his Chicago, Illinois apartment on Jan. 29.

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Homophobic tweets apparently made by 2 Nigerian brothers may be used in Jussie Smollett's defense, according to The Blast. The old tweets were uncovered on a Twitter account used by Abel and Ola Osundairo. Smollett's defense team tells The Blast the statements show the brothers had anti-homosexual sentiments.

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Actor Jussie Smollett may have got the idea for his hoax homophobic attack from an emotional Instagram post by Lee Daniels. The Empire director wrote a heartfelt Instagram post on Jan. 10, after his cousin was assaulted because of his homosexuality.

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Lisa Borders stepped down as Time's Up president and CEO after her son, Garry "Dijon" Bowden, Jr. was accused of sexual misconduct, according to published reports.

The L.A. Times reports that her son was accused of misconduct by a 31-year-old woman from Santa Monica, CA, who made the claims in a post on Facebook.

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Jussie Smollett is no longer a cast member of Fox TV's hit musical Empire. The disgraced actor's character, Jamal Lyon, was written out of the last 5 episodes of the 2nd half of season 5, which returns from the fall break in March.

Empire fans can say with certainty that the body in the casket in season 5's dramatic finale is Jamal Lyon.

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Jussie Smollett's Empire co-stars embraced the troubled actor as he returned to the set hours after posting a $100,000 bond and surrendering his passport on Thursday. Smollett, 36, was arrested early Wednesday and charged with a felony for filing a false police report.

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Jussie Smollett will soon be a free man. A Cook County (Chicago) judge set the actor's bond at $100,000 at a bond hearing on Thursday. The Empire star was arrested early Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony in Illinois.

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Jussie Smollett is in police custody in Chicago after voluntarily surrendering early Thursday morning. Smollett is charged with a Class 4 felony for filing a false police report.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett, 36, staged a hate crime to earn more money as an actor on the Fox musical Empire.

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Two brothers who say Jussie Smollett hired them to stage a hoax attack are seen purchasing a red hat in new video obtained by CBS News. Abel Osundairo, 27, and Ola Osundairo, 25, told Chicago police they were hired by the Empire actor to fake a racial, homophobic attack by Trump supporters.

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Chicago's top attorney Kim Foxx has recused herself from the investigation into her friend, actor Jussie Smollett, star of Fox TV's music Empire. Foxx's spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said Foxx recused herself "out of an abundance of caution" to avoid "questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case."

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Despite issuing a statement saying Fox would continue to stand behind actor Jussie Smollett, Empire producers have "drastically cut" Smollett's scenes after his MAGA attack story backfired on him.

Smollett is pictured above left with Empire co-star Bryshere "Yazz" Gray in a photo dated May 17, 2017.

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ABC anchorwoman Robin Roberts dismissed speculation that she was too soft on actor Jussie Smollett, who stands accused of faking his racist, homophobic attack last month in Chicago.

Smollett, 36, sat down with Roberts for his first interview after he claimed he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters on Jan. 29. The interview aired on GMA on Thursday.

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A grand jury may be convened to hear evidence in a felony case against actor Jussie Smollett. TMZ reports that a grand jury may hear a case against the Empire star for filing a false police report.

The actor's hate crime case took a strange turn last week when police released two suspects and said Smollett was no longer considered a victim.

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Actor Jussie Smollett is "angered and devastated" by reports that he paid 2 friends to stage his racist, homophobic attack in Chicago on Jan. 29.

On Saturday, Fox32 News quoted sources within the Chicago Police Department who confirmed Smollett paid two brothers to purchase a rope and 2 red hats to stage a hoax MAGA attack.

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Chicago police are "eager" to speak with Empire actor Jussie Smollett after 2 Nigerian brothers confirm they purchased rope from a hardware store and the actor paid them to stage the hate crime attack.

Police released Abel Osundairo, 25, and his brother Ola Osundairo without charges late Friday after 2 days of interrogation.

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After 2 days of interrogations, the Chicago Police Department released two Nigerian brothers late Friday without charges in the Jussie Smollett hate crime case. The brothers are no longer considered suspects, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who said "new evidence" has emerged.

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The cast of Empire is filming a big funeral scene for a major character who dies on the final season of the FOX TV musical. According to Twitter users, film crews were spotted inside the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue in Chicago on Friday.

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2 brothers from Nigeria will be charged in the alleged hate crime against actor and singer Jussie Smollett, 36.

The Empire star claims he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters with a rope and bleach. The men shouted racial and homophobic slurs as he left a Subway restaurant around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29.

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