The FOX drama Empire is slated to end after season six as producers for the embattled program say there are still “no plans” for actor Jussie Smollett to return, according to a report.
A member of an African American church in Mississippi has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for setting light to the building in the run-up to the 2016 election.
Andrew McClinton, 47, was sentenced on Thursday after admitting to police that he set the fire back in March, which prosecutors say was designed to hide illicit activities he had committed inside.
But he continues to deny spray-painting ‘Vote Trump’ on the side of the building in an apparent effort to make the fire look like a hate crime.
Chicago’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx, has been subpoenaed Friday over her handling of the Jussie Smollett case, according to The Chicago-Sun Times.
Foxx, Cook County’s state’s attorney, will have to appear in court after a retired appellate judge, Sheila O’Brien, filed a petition last week for a special prosecutor to probe the Smollett case, in which a 16-count indictment against the “Empire” actor was dropped last month.
An anti-Semitic attack originally called “the most brazen” the city had seen was staged by the owners of the restaurant that reported it, Winnipeg police say.
The Jewish community, followed by the Muslim, Black and LGBTQ communities continue to be the most targeted groups in Toronto victimized by hate crime in 2018, according to police.
The good news is that last year these occurrences decreased 26% from 2017.
The highest percentage of the 137 reported hate crimes were motivated by religion (50%) followed by race (12%) and then sexual orientation (8%.)
137 incidents! I haven’t seen a breakdown yet but I am betting a majority of incidents in that “Tsunami of Hate” are graffiti or otherwise property related. So much for the Liberal Party’s White Supremacy agenda.
Osundairo brothers say Smollett ‘directed every aspect’ of attack
The Osundairo brothers contend in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett paid them “a sum of money to stage the attack [against Smollett] to benefit himself” and “directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose.”
The brothers were initially arrested as suspects in the alleged attack in January on Smollett, only to be released later. They make the claim in a lawsuit against two of Smollett’s defense attorneys, Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian, who continued to say in media appearances that the brothers engaged in the attack. The brothers are suing under claims of defamation and false light.
Jussie Smollett is reportedly experiencing night terrors over the alleged attack that occurred earlier this year.
The “Empire” actor’s brother wrote an op-ed for BET titled “What If Jussie Is Telling The Truth?” in which Jojo Smollett defends his brother’s story and claims that he is “violently awakening from night terrors, following the assault.”
Jussie Smollett is doing “pretty well” after his alleged Chicago hoax, and hopes to be publicly exonerated “once all the information comes out,” according to a Saturday report.
“He is focusing on his work here in L.A.,” an unnamed Smollett spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But he understands many people still have doubts. But he hopes once all the information comes out, he will be vindicated in the minds of the public.”
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx referred to actor Jussie Smollett as a “washed up celeb who lied to cops” in texts messages to members of her staff sent roughly two weeks prior to her office dropping all charges against the Empire star.
It’s been repeated so often it’s taken as fact: Hate crimes have soared over the past two years, and the blame rests with President Donald Trump and supporters inspired by his hateful rhetoric.
It’s a compelling story, supported by statistics that show an increase of 17% in the number of hate crimes reported to the FBI during the Trump presidency.
But it isn’t true. The surge has little to do with Trump and his red hat brigade. This according to Will Reilly, a Kentucky State University associate professor, who extensively researched hate-fueled violence in America for his book Hate Crime Hoax.
“Almost all of that surge is due to the simple fact that in 2017 the number of police departments reporting hate crimes to the FBI increased by 1,000,” says Reilly. “The surge narrative is pretty dishonest.”
The Jussie Smollett controversy has started to cool down nationally but it’s still boiling over in Chicago. There’s a street fight going on between Kim Foxx and the Fraternal Order of Police. Instead of addressing the issues, she’s falling back in with allies she thinks will shield her.
Namely, appearing at a rally sponsored by the Jesse Jackson’s “Rainbow Push Coalition” to have her corruption reinforced.
If you were skeptical of Jussie Smollett’s story from the beginning, join the club. It sounded unlikely to begin with, and it just got worse every time he opened his mouth. By the time he started lying his ass off to an utterly credulous Robin Roberts on GMA, even his staunchest defenders couldn’t come up with any good excuses (which didn’t stop them from spouting a bunch of bad ones). He was obviously guilty as hell. Everybody acted shocked when the Cook County state’s attorney suddenly dropped the charges anyway, but to me it was just a reminder that this whole mess is happening in Chicago, the most corrupt city in America.
Smollett, who is clearly out of his damn mind, declared vindication. He’s above mere mortals and our silly little laws. So the following news doesn’t surprise me one bit.
…The specialty of SPLC is the made-up hate crime. They spy hate groups where none exist, so they can shake down gullible liberals in the north. And this was plenty remunerative until it became evident that racist groups were on the terminal decline. So, they booted up to con rich gays into believing that Christians were about to take away all their hard-fought rights. Which ones? Gays could certainly vote, and assemble, and worship, and possessed all the other rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
What they came up with was that those vicious Christians were out to kill gays and the poor benighted gender confused men in dresses. In December 2003, SPLC’s Mark Potok actually wrote this: “A rage is growing on the right. Before it is done, untold numbers of men and women may have to die, casualties in America’s ongoing culture wars.” Read that again and ask yourself if this even remotely resembles anyone you know or have ever met? Of course not; it was part of the con. And Moser was in on it, too.
When confronted with an immediate question in the wake of the news about Jussie Smollett having fabricated the hate crime he allegedly suffered, Cory Booker was calmly reserved with his comments, saying he would “withhold [judgment] until all the information actually comes out.”
It was certainly a curious response, because he initially had no such reservations or skepticism regarding Smollett’s farcical story about two MAGA-hatted white guys carrying bleach and a noose at 2 A.M. in sub-zero temperatures, waiting to violently remind any passing black guy that the streets of Chicago are somehow “MAGA country.” But what’s even more curious is that Booker continued defending the predetermined narrative of white racism by saying that “we actually know, in this country, since 9/11, that the majority of terrorist attacks on our soil have been right-wing terrorist attacks, and the majority of them have been white supremacist attacks.”
Lawyer for ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett answers Chicago’s demand of $130K, says actor ‘will not be intimidated’
If the city follows through on threats to sue Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor’s attorneys would insist on deposing Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and other key players in the whirlwind legal saga, according to a letter from Smollett’s legal team obtained by the Tribune.
“In light of their apparent vested interest in the matter, we are confident that Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent Johnson will not object to providing their testimony under oath,” attorney Mark Geragos states in the letter, which was addressed to the city’s corporation counsel and dated Thursday.
“Mr. Smollett’s preference remains, however, that this matter be closed and that he be allowed to move on with his life.”
But wait there’s more…
Chicago attorney calls for Jussie Smollett to be RE-CHARGED with staging alleged attack and calls for investigation into whether city’s top prosecutor interfered in controversial decision to drop felony charges
A Chicago attorney has called for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Jussie Smollett should be re-charged with staging an attack on himself and if the city’s top prosecutor interfered with the case.
Saani Mohammed filed a petition asking for the investigation into Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx’s actions over the decision to drop the 16 felony charges against the Empire actor.
According to court documents, Mohammed, who until recently worked in Foxx’s office, wrote that a prosecutor should investigate if Foxx ‘acted to impede the investigation… concealed evidence, and/or intentionally misled the public’.