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Jussie Smollett Opens Up About His Jail Experience, 2019 GMA Interview and Being “Shut Off” From Online Backlash

Jussie Smollett says that after the alleged hate crime against him in 2019 and amid the police investigation that followed, his family shielded him from public responses. In a wide-ranging interview for SiriusXM’s Sway Calloway-hosted Sway’s Universe tied to promoting the writer-director’s new BET+ movie, B-Boy Blues, which dropped on June 9, Smollett spoke about […]

Does Kendrick Lamar Run Afoul of Copyright Law by Using Deepfakes in “The Heart Part 5”?

The rapper morphs into various celebrities in his newest music video. The deepfakes likely don't run afoul of copyright law — for now.

Court Orders Jussie Smollett Release From Jail During Appeal

Jussie Smollett was ordered to be released from jail Wednesday by an appeals court that agreed with his lawyers that he should be released pending the appeal of his conviction for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack. The ruling came after a Cook County judge sentenced Smollett last week to immediately begin […]

Jurnee Smollett, Taraji P. Henson Show Support for Jussie Smollett Following Sentencing: “Jussie Is Innocent”

Taraji P. Henson and Jurnee Smollett are speaking out in support of Jussie Smollet following the former Empire star being sentenced to 150 days in prison for falsely reporting a hate crime. In a post shared late Saturday, Jussie’s sister and Lovecraft Country star Jurnee Smollett shared an image of a black square featuring only […]

Jussie Smollett Sentenced to 150 Days in County Jail, Ordered to Pay $120K Restitution for Lying to Police

Jussie Smollett maintained his innocence during his sentencing hearing Thursday after a judge sentenced the former Empire actor to 150 days in jail for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack that he orchestrated himself. Cook County Judge James Linn sentenced Smollett to 30 months of felony probation, including 150 days in the […]

Jussie Smollett to Be Sentenced March 10 for Lying to Police

Jussie Smollett, who was convicted last month for lying to police about a racist, homophobic attack that authorities said he staged, will return to court for sentencing March 10, a judge said Thursday. Cook County Judge James Linn set the sentencing date in Chicago for the former Empire actor, who told the judge he was […]

Jussie Smollett Convicted of Staging Attack, Lying to Police

Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett was convicted Thursday on charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it. In the courtroom as the verdict was read, Smollett stood and faced the jury, showing no visible reaction. The jury found the 39-year-old guilty on […]

Amid Legal Jeopardy, Jussie Smollett Is Shopping New Projects

As Jussie Smollett awaits his fate in a Chicago court, accused of staging a fake hate crime in January 2019, his once-promising career also hangs in the balance. The 39-year-old actor’s prospects have drastically diminished since his story about being attacked by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs began to unravel. UTA distanced […]

Jussie Smollett Testifies at Trial Over Allegedly Staging Attack: “There Was No Hoax”

Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett denied Monday that he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself in downtown Chicago, testifying at his trial that “there was no hoax.” Smollett, who faces charges that he lied to Chicago police about the January 2019 attack, sought to refute damaging testimony from two brothers last week. They said […]

State Rests Case at Jussie Smollett Trial After Star Witnesses

The state rested its case at Jussie Smollett’s trial Thursday after key testimony from two brothers who said the former Empire actor plotted a racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago and paid them to carry it out. After a three-day presentation of evidence, special prosecutor Dan Webb told the presiding judge Thursday […]

Jussie Smollett to Make Feature Directorial Debut With James Earl Hardy Book Adaptation

Jussie Smollett is preparing his feature directorial debut with B-Boy Blues, an adaptation of James Earl Hardy's classic 1994 novel.

Judge Tosses Jussie Smollett’s Malicious Prosecution Lawsuit

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed actor Jussie Smollett’s malicious prosecution lawsuit against the city of Chicago and several police officers.