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The Times' complete and ongoing coverage surrounding the 'Empire' star.

Chicago sues actor Jussie Smollett over costs of attack investigation

The city of Chicago officially sued “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on Thursday to reimburse the costs of its investigation into his alleged attack in January.

Jussie Smollett’s lawyer tells Chicago he ‘will not be intimidated into paying’ bill

Mark Geragos, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett’s defense attorney, railed against the city and summed up its demands that the actor repay the city for its investigation as “a course of conduct intended to harass and irreparably injure Mr. Smollett."

Chicago plans to sue Jussie Smollett after it says he refuses to reimburse city $130,000

The city of Chicago is drafting a lawsuit saying "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse costs of investigating what authorities say was a staged racist, anti-gay attack.

Taraji P. Henson says Jussie Smollett will return to ‘Empire’

When asked Thursday on "The View" if her "Empire" costar Jussie Smollett would return to their Fox show, Taraji P. Henson said, "Yes, I haven't heard anything else."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Jussie Smollett case is ‘making fools of all of us’

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s furor continued Wednesday on "Good Morning America" as he accused "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett of abusing the city and taking its anti-hate values and turning them “upside down and inside out.”

Jussie Smollett case: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel slams decision to drop charges

Prosecutors in Chicago on Tuesday dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a phony attack. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the decision “a whitewash of justice.”

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty during arraignment for alleged hoax

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett appeared in Chicago criminal court on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to police about being the victim of a racial and homophobic hate crime in January.

Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts for allegedly phony claims of racist, homophobic attack

A Cook County grand jury has charged actor Jussie Smollett in a 16-count indictment that alleges he concocted a racist and homophobic attack on himself.

Brothers in Jussie Smollett case say they have ‘tremendous regret’

Two brothers who told police that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself in Chicago say they regret their involvement in the incident.

Chicago police say there’s more evidence that doesn’t support Jussie Smollett’s story

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson appeared on “Good Morning America” on Monday to address the investigation of Jussie Smollett. "There’s a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet and does not support the version he gave," he said.

For victims of hate crimes, Jussie Smollett case is a giant betrayal

Victims and advocates fear the backlash against actor Jussie Smollett's alleged hoax could make it harder to report and investigate future hate crimes.

The Jussie Smollett story is not just about Jussie Smollett. It's about us

No matter what the legal outcome, the Jussie Smollett story proves that we need to put the breaks on our culture of reactive outrage

Jussie Smollett’s path from adorable child actor to ‘Empire’ star to felony suspect

Now at the center of an apparent hate crime hoax, Jussie Smollett was introduced to Hollywood as part of the talented Smollett family in the ABC sitcom "On Our Own." Those who worked with the future "Empire" star described him as "a loving caring kid."

Jussie Smollett’s fans deserve better than an alleged and dispiriting hoax

For the hundreds who supported Smollett at the Troubadour after his alleged attack, reports that he faked the whole thing are a blow.

Jussie Smollett will be written off ‘Empire’ this season

Jussie Smollett’s “Empire” character, Jamal Lyon, has been written off this season's last two episodes of the Fox musical drama in the wake of his legal woes.

A timeline of how the Jussie Smollett case unfolded

Here's how the saga of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett developed, beginning on Jan. 29 when the actor filed a police report alleging he was attacked up to the latest turns of events.

Jussie Smollett's arrest is a blow to Fox's hit show 'Empire'

The shocking turnabout could be the downfall of a well-liked TV star and risks damaging a valuable asset that Fox expected to have on its prime-time schedule for at least another two years.

Jussie Smollett out of jail after posting bond, and returns to ‘Empire’ set

Actor Jussie Smollett was released from Cook County jail in Chicago after posting bond on Thursday and returned to the set of "Empire," the Fox musical drama he has starred on since 2015.

Jussie Smollett charged with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report

Chicago police announced Wednesday that Jussie Smollett has been charged with a felony for disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.

Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted,’ Chicago police say

Attorneys for the "Empire" actor blast reports alleging he played a role in his own attack.

State’s attorney recuses herself from Jussie Smollett investigation as prosecutors question former suspects

In another puzzling twist in the investigation of a reported attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, the Cook County state’s attorney recused herself from the case Tuesday as prosecutors in her office began questioning two brothers who had been possible suspects.

Chicago police release two men questioned in Jussie Smollett attack

The two men who had been arrested in connection with the possible hate crime against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have been released without charges.

Police say reports that Jussie Smollett attack was a hoax are unconfirmed

Chicago Police says that it has no evidence to support local reports that the attack against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was staged.

Jussie Smollett recounts attack and addresses doubters on ‘Good Morning America’

In his first interview since the incident, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett details the attack he reported in Chicago last month in a talk with Robin Roberts.

Jussie Smollett performs at Troubadour just days after Chicago attack: ‘I had to be here tonight’

“I’m not fully healed yet, but I’m going to," he said, in his first public performance since a brutal assault. "I’m gonna stand strong with y'all. I had to be here tonight."

Jussie Smollett thanks fans for ‘outpouring of love’ in first statement since attack

“Empire” star Jussie Smollett addressed his fans and supporters for the first time on Friday, letting the “beautiful people” know he’s “OK" and defended his story.

Jussie Smollett recovering from attack as Chicago police look for persons of interest

Chicago police have expanded their search in the investigation of a racially charged and homophobic attack of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. Production on the Fox show has also been temporarily suspended because of inclement weather.

Police investigating Jussie Smollett attack release photos of people of interest

The Chicago police investigation into the attack against Jussie Smollett has yielded surveillance camera images that captured people who were in the area of the alleged hate crime.

Jussie Smollett’s concert at L.A.’s Troubadour still on after attack

Actor-singer Jussie Smollett is still scheduled to perform at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Saturday despite being assaulted early Tuesday morning in Chicago.

Jussie Smollett attacked: Celebs rally around the ‘Empire’ star

"Empire” star Jussie Smollett was assaulted and hospitalized early Tuesday morning in Chicago in what police suspect was a racially motivated and homophobic attack.

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