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Ex-‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Counts For Hate Crime Hoax

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Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) from Fox’s former primetime soap opera, Empire, was found guilty on Thursday on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct stemming from making a false report to the Chicago police department that he was the victim of a hate crime.

The actor’s account of the story dates back to 2019 and finally made its way to the Chicago court system for trial.

In the end, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and today to return the verdict after sitting through testimonies of 13 witnesses.

According to reports, Smollett did not look at his family or the judge during the reading of the verdicts on the six counts he was charged instead he looked at the jury members.

Smollett could face up to 3 years in a prison and a $25,000 fine, Judge James Linn will have discretion in imposing a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count.  That will happen at a later date.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb said at a post-verdict news conference: “Mr. Smollett would not have lost this case as he did today unless the jury found that he lied to them. The fact that he came up with a completely ridiculous story to explain his misconduct did not apparently have an impact on the jury’s verdict.”

During the trial brothers, Bola and Ola Osundairo testified that Smollett had paid them to stage the hate crime attack on him in an attempt to get media attention.  The brothers testified that they fake punched Smollett, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and used racist and homophobic slurs, because Jussie told them to do so in return for the money.

According to Smollett’s defense team, they will appeal the verdict.

So, what do you think about the guilty verdict for Jussie Smollett? Comment below.

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Soaphound
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Soaphound

So sad that anyone is that desperate for attention. What’s confusing is that his career was really taking off when this happened. Why then? Either way, a boatload of public money was wasted on this nonsense. Ultimately, it’s taxpayers that suffer. As usual.

JenW
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I so agree. What an idiot, and he’s now thrown his career away.

Momo
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I believe the city has a civil suit against him to recover the money.

I don’t understand either why someone would go to these extremes. He thought he was smarter than everyone. He’s still blaming others.

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Soaphound—-what’s even sadder is how eager some of us were to believe him—while many of us were confused.
I question who tells the truth anymore.
Speaking of truth—about GH ( right now, my fave—yup, I can be so fickle.LOL)—-I have this hunch Stella is really Curtis’ bio mother.
Seeing Marshall was quite a shock . Is that the reason he disappeared for so long?
Starting to look a lot like Paulina’s story ( DOOL).

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In no way do I justify what Smollett did…. but if he ends up doing prison time for beating the crap out of himself, while a literal terrorist who murdered two people in cold blood (and seriously wounded a third) in front of hundreds of witnesses can walk free….. well, that just ain’t right. Mortal justice is really slacking these days. Fortunately, the truly guilty don’t get off that easily, once they have shuffled off their mortal coil. On the other horn, if Smollett found himself at the receiving end of a civil suit from the producers of “Empire” for… Read more »

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I think Jossied deserves ome jail time; I was a huge fan of his before and admit to a crush, too. But in the midst of all the racial turbulence and violence that’s actually taking place in this country, faking an attack was hideous on too many levels to count . He should pay for it. At the same time, I hear you about Rittenhouse. The boy should be locked up for decades; outright murderer. The fact that the cult took up a gofundme for his defense is just another example of the crazies running around with voting rights, sitting… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

Good. Let’s hope he gets years of prison time.

davlestev1
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While he didn’t commit the most heinous of crimes, he affected the civil rights movements of several groups at the time by being generally and genuinely selfish. And foolish. His family knows what he did. Jurnee, his sister knows for sure. She most likely dressed him down for it, but still supported him. He may get a Lifetime Movie out the deal (LOL) but he still damaged his career. His African American audience, as well as LGBTQ won’t let this easily die down. But the details on the witness stand out of his own mouth about the sexual encounters. Oh… Read more »

viewer88
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Maybe Oprah can rehabilitate him, and get him in a Disney production…

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‘Empire’ Favorite Taraji P. Henson to Host the American Music Awards

She played the fierce head of record label and music empire on TV, and now she is about to take on the hosting duties at one of music’s most popular nights of the year, when she hosts ABC’s American Music Awards.   News today has former Empire on Fox star, Taraji P. Henson (Ex-Cookie Lyon) taking on the key role in keeping the night moving and the music coming for music fans around the world.

The 2020 AMAs will air live on Sunday, November 22nd at 8:00 PM ET/PT.   In a statement on her latest gig, Henson expressed: “The AMAs brings together the music community to celebrate what really drives all artists – the fans,  I’m proud to take the stage as this year’s host – and also a fan – for what promises to be an electrifying night of music.”

And coming up the motion picture and television actress will put a spotlight on  mental wellness in a new talk show for Facebook Watch.  In addition, she is also currently developing an Empire spinoff with her production company.

Broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, this year’s AMA nominees include The Weeknd and rapper Roddy Ricch, both with eight nominations, leading the pack of this year’s nominees.  Voting for the AMA’s continues and you can a vote in all categories here.

So, it seems to us that Taraji will be a great host for the AMA’s! What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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‘Empire’s’ Diamond White Lands Contract Role on The Bold and the Beautiful

Look for The Bold and the Beautiful to add to their cast with news on Thursday that Diamond White (previously see on Empire as Lala) will take on the role of Zoe’s (Kiara Barnes)sister, Paris Buckingham on the CBS daytime drama.

Paris and Zoe are the daughters of crime-ridden Dr. Reese Buckingham (Wayne Brady) who was sent to the slammer for his baby-switch plot involving baby Beth and his gambling debts.

White will begin taping her new role tomorrow on Friday, and will first are on the November 2nd episode of B&B.  Deadline first reported the news.

Besides her role on Empire, Diamond has had a recurring role on Netflix’s Dear White People, as well as a guest art on ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, and more,

Looks like the Buckingham sisters might have their eyes set on Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) , the incoming Zende (Delon de Metz) and who knows who else on the canvas!

So, what do you think about a new Buckingham in the mix on B&B? Comment below.

 

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Taraji P. Henson Developing Cookie Lyon ‘Empire’ Spinoff With New First-Look Deal Via 20th Century Fox

Looks like more ‘Cookie’ is on the way, if this long bantered about Empire spinoff takes place.  But, news today via Deadline makes the whole thing look more promising! Series star, Taraji P. Henson has signed a new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox where she would star and be one of the EP’s of the new show.

The show would be written by Empire EP Danny Strong with Stacy A. Littlejohn and Yolonda Lawrence, and Empire director Sanaa Hamri to take those reins again behind the camera.

Henson said in a statement on the deal: “I believe that normalizing stories around stigmatizing matters will make them more palatable for audiences to embrace.  Art can change perception and I plan to develop projects that can help further the conversation.  I also aim to help cultivate and establish new young talent and their stories because they are our future and deserve a voice and a platform to be heard. I’m so excited to have 20th, led by the talented Carolyn Cassidy, support me in this new endeavor!”

20th Century Fox TV president Carolyn Cassidy shared on Thursday: “We were lucky to have a front row seat to Taraji’s meteoric rise as a fixture on television through Empire.  Through that relationship everyone at the company grew to appreciate her passion for storytelling and her strong creative gut instinct. With Empire finished we look forward to helping her explore stories that need to be told through her talent and advocacy.”

Empire ended its sixth and final season a bit shorter than expected due to COVID-19 shutting down production, but now Henson has a way forward to tell us more of Cookie’s story.  This would just be one of the projects Henson would have under this deal with 20th Century Fox.

So, would you like to see more Cookie Lyon in a spinoff of Empire? Comment below.

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