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US President Donald Trump says Jussie Smollett committed a “hate crime”

US President Donald Trump says Jussie Smollett committed a “hate crime”

US President Donald Trump took time out of his visit to Japan to comment on the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. The President took to Twitter to accuse the Empire actor of committing a hate crime. “In addition to great incompetence and corruption, The Smollett case in Chicago is also about a Hate Crime. Remember, “MAGA COUNTRY […]

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Jussie Smollett sent bill for investigation and may face federal charges

Jussie Smollett sent bill for investigation and may face federal charges

Prosecutors looking into the Jussie Smollett case may have dropped the charges against the actor, but they’ve also sent him a bill for the investigation into his alleged assault. Authorities say the Empire actor should pay US$130,000 for the investigation into his claims of assault that they believe were bogus. Smollett told police in late January that […]

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Prosecutors drop charges against Jussie Smollett

Prosecutors drop charges against Jussie Smollett

Prosecutors in Chicago have dropped all charges against US actor Jussie Smollett. The Empire star had been charged with sixteen felony accounts making a false police report over a homophobic and racist attack he reported in January. The actor was facing up to three years in prison but now all charges have been dropped. The actor reported […]

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Jussie Smollet dropped from remainder of ‘Empire’ season

Jussie Smollet dropped from remainder of ‘Empire’ season

Actor Jussie Smollett won’t be appearing in the remaining episodes of the current series of hit TV show Empire. The fifth season of the show which made Smollett a star still has two episodes left to shoot, but producers have announced Smollett will not be in them. Earlier this month the actor made headlines around the […]

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Empire star Jussie Smollett charged for filing false police report

Empire star Jussie Smollett charged for filing false police report

Actor Jussie Smollett has been charged by Chicago police for filing a false report over an alleged attack last month. The Empire star received a wave of community and celebrity support in January after he claimed to have been attacked, burned with chemicals and had a rope tied around his neck by two men shouting “This […]

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#EyesOnChechnya: Celebs pressure White House to take action

#EyesOnChechnya: Celebs pressure White House to take action

US broadcaster MTV has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of reports that gay/bi men are being tortured and killed in Chechnya. Celebrities are using the hashtag #EyesOnChechnya to mark 100 days since the initial report of the anti-gay violence, and calling on the White House to take action. We’ve known about gay men […]

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Twenty years since Ellen declared “Yep, I’m Gay”

Twenty years since Ellen declared “Yep, I’m Gay”

This month it’s 20 years since comedian Ellen DeGeneres came out. The ground-breaking declaration saw Ellen appearing on the cover of TIME magazine and doing an interview on the Oprah Winfrey show. At the same time Ellen Morgan, the character DeGeneres played on her sitcom Ellen, also came out to her friends and colleagues. The […]

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Musicians pay tribute to Orlando with ‘Hands’

Musicians pay tribute to Orlando with ‘Hands’

Musicians and social media stars have joined together to create a song that pays tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Proceeds from the sale of the new tribute single in the United States will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD. Alongside Perth’s Troye […]

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Jussie Smollett, Star of ‘Empire’ Comes Out

Jussie Smollett, Star of ‘Empire’ Comes Out

Jussie Smollett is an actor best known for playing aspiring musician Jamal Lyon in the TV series ‘Empire’, which follows the story of hip hop and entertainment company ‘Empire Enterprises’ and its founding family. Smollett’s sexuality has been subject to public speculation since it was revealed his character on ‘Empire’ is gay. His portrayal of […]

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