EMPIRE actor Jussie Smollett was accused by Chicago Police of paying two men to attack him in a bid to boost his career but the charges have been dropped. The actor was taken to hospital at 2am on Tuesday, January 29 after he said he was attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and "This is MAGA (Make America Great Again) country!". Who is Jussie Smollett? The 35-year-old African American is best known for his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox hip-hop musical drama series Empire, for which he received great acclaim. Smollett has also appeared in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Alien: Covenant as Ricks and in Marshall as Langston Hughes. He began his career as a child actor in 1987 starring in commercials and films, including The Mighty Ducks in 1992 and Rob Reiner's North in 1994. Jussie came out as gay in March 2015 during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.Was the Empire star attacked in hate crime in Chicago? Jussie Smollett was … [Read more...] about Who is Jussie Smollett and was the Empire actor attacked in hate crime in Chicago?
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A lawyer for the city of Chicago said Thursday the city is seeking $130,00 from actor Jussie Smollett as restitution for the cost of the investigation he initiated. Smollett had been charged with 16 felony counts for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being victim of a hate crime, but all the charges were dropped earlier this week in a controversial decision made by the Cook County state's attorneys office. In a letter signed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's senior legal adviser Edward Siskel and addressed directly to Smollett, the city claims Smollett's "false statements" led to police "diverting resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system." Smollett has maintained his innocence and told reporters Tuesday after his charges had been dropped that he's been "truthful and consistent on every single level since day one." The letter claims the the "Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact … [Read more...] about Jussie Smollett asked to pay city of Chicago $130,000 for cost of investigation
"Appalling and aggressive behaviour" within a 27-strong stag party led to a flight to Ibiza being diverted, an airline said.Crew were left with "no choice" but to divert the Birmingham flight to Toulouse, where the Jet2 aircraft was met by police. The airline said one member of the party had already been stopped from boarding the plane on Friday. One person involved has received a lifetime ban from the airline.Midlands Live: Eighty two chihuahuas discovered in cramped home; Beer shortage warning amid 'fizz' crisisJet2 said despite "repeated warnings" the group continued to be "aggressive and disruptive" during the flight. The crew had already decided to stop selling alcohol because of the group member who was refused boarding for being "drunk and aggressive".It said the decision was made to divert the aircraft "in the interests of everyone's comfort and safety".It added: "The cumulative effect of consuming alcohol in the airport, as well as illicitly once onboard the aircraft, … [Read more...] about ‘Aggressive’ stag party divert Birmingham to Ibiza flight
The city of Chicago is seeking more than $130,000 from 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett to pay for the cost of the investigation in which he "falsely claimed" that two men attacked him. Interested in Jussie Smollett? Add Jussie Smollett as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Jussie Smollett news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Jussie Smollett Add Interest The city asked for an "immediate payment" of $130,106.15 "in an attempt to resolve this matter without further legal action, according to a letter sent from the Chicago Department of Law to Smollett's attorneys, which was obtained by ABC News. A cashier's check made payable to the "City of Chicago" was requested to be paid by money order or certified cashier's check within seven days.(MORE: What happened? Timeline of investigation into Jussie Smollett's attack claim) If the fee is not paid in a"timely" manner, the Chicago Department of Law will prosecute Smollett for making the "false" Jan. 29 statement, the letter … [Read more...] about City of Chicago asks ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett to pay $130K for cost of investigation
A DELTA Airlines plane has been evacuated after the cabin was filled with smoke, sending terrified passengers rushing for the exit in Madrid. Video footage, filmed by one of the passengers, shows tourists leaving their seats in panic as a member of staff can be heard instructing everyone to evacuate the aircraft just before the flight bound for New York took off. The ordeal caused the flight to be delayed by more than two hours, according to FlightAware. Rocco Govas, who filmed this video, said: “They waited to see what it was until they let us out of the plane. I have not stopped coughing.” URGENT EVACUATION Delta tweeted that its maintenance teams were working to resolve the issue. Rocco added: "There was smoke in the back, and it started spreading everywhere."The Delta crew told us to wait, then told us to get our stuff and 5 minutes later the captain said to leave everything behind and to leave the plane right away. "I’m still in Madrid. They don’t know … [Read more...] about Choking Delta Airlines plane evacuated after cabin fills with smoke sending passengers rushing for the exit in Madrid