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Actor Jussie Smollett not returning to Empire, the TV show’s creator...

LOS ANGELES — Jussie Smollett will not be returning to US television series Empire, the show’s creator says, marking the first public confirmation that the actor has been dropped after a furor over claims that he was the victim of a hate crime.

Fox renews Empire without Jussie Smollett’s character

LOS ANGELES — US television network Fox on Tuesday renewed drama series Empire for a sixth season but said there were no plans to bring back the character played by Jussie Smollett, the actor who said he was the victim of a hate crime in January.

Chicago will sue actor Smollett for refusing to pay for police...

LOS ANGELES — Chicago will sue actor Jussie Smollett for the costs of police overtime spent investigating his claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, which prosecutors say were false, a city official said on Thursday.

Chicago mayor demands answers after Smollett hoax charges dropped

CHICAGO MAYOR Rahm Emanuel said on Wednesday he wanted to “find out what happened” to cause prosecutors to abruptly drop charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a hoax hate crime to boost his career.

Empire’s Jussie Smollett charged with faking attack

AMERICAN actor Jussie Smollett was charged on Wednesday with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten on the streets of Chicago by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, police said on Wednesday as they sought his arrest.