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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”

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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”
As Chicago police declare a significant shift in “the trajectory of the investigation” of the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett nearly three weeks ago, the attorneys for the Empire star has come out swinging tonight in his defense.

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” said defense lawyers Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson in a statement obtained by Deadline.

He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack,” the Chicago-based attorneys add of the supposed assault in the early hours of January 29. “Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.” (Read The Full Statement Below)

Earlier Saturday, a law enforcement official close to the Chicago
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Jussie Smollett Attack: Arrested Individuals Released Due to "New Evidence"

Jussie Smollett Attack: Arrested Individuals Released Due to
The individuals arrested on Friday by Chicago police in regards to the Jussie Smollett attack have been released without charges due to "new evidence."

"Empire Case Update: Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the #Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete," Chicago Pd deputy director of news affairs and communications Tom Ahern tweeted Friday.

Two men were arrested Friday morning in the case of the alleged assault, but were not charged with a crime. The arrests came ...
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T.I. Halts 'Family Hustle' Production After Sister Lands in Hospital

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T.I. Halts 'Family Hustle' Production After Sister Lands in Hospital
T.I. and Tiny have zero interest in filming "Family & Hustle" without one of their own ... so they've shut down production following a bad car crash involving the rapper's sister. Sources close to production tell TMZ ... T.I. and Tiny halted production Wednesday after learning the rapper's sister, Precious Harris, got in a serious car accident in Atlanta earlier that morning. It's unclear what led to the car crash but here's what we know ... sources say Precious hit a pole,
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NFL Ex-Girlfriends Team Up for TV Project About Surviving Abuse

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NFL Ex-Girlfriends Team Up for TV Project About Surviving Abuse
The woman accusing LeSean McCoy of masterminding a violent robbery at her Georgia home is now trying to take her story to TV ... and she's not alone. TMZ Sports has learned Delicia Cordon -- along with Evelyn Lozada, Josie Harris and Micaela Sanchez -- are all working on a TV project about surviving abuse.  Cordon is currently suing the NFL running back -- claiming he orchestrated the July 2018 incident when someone broke into her home
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Soulja Boy and Blac Chyna Started Dating to Piss Off Tyga

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Soulja Boy and Blac Chyna Started Dating to Piss Off Tyga
Soulja Boy and Blac Chyna's relationship started as a total troll job against Tyga, but just like in a rom com ... it transformed into the real deal. Sources close to the new couple tell TMZ ... when they initially started chatting a couple weeks ago by sliding into each other's DMs, they concocted a plan to piss off Tyga -- start pretending they were dating. As you know ... Tyga is Chyna's ex and Soulja
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Arrest Made in Home Invasion Involving Magic Johnson's Daughter, Elisa

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Arrest Made in Home Invasion Involving Magic Johnson's Daughter, Elisa
Cops nabbed a guy they say pulled the home invasion that forced Magic Johnson's daughter to run for her life. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Lapd identified the suspect after reviewing surveillance video from the neighborhood where Elisa Johnson's friends were renting a house back in December. We broke the story ... 2 armed men got inside the home and started terrorizing Elisa's friends, holding them at gunpoint and making off with a Rolex, cash and electronics.
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'To Catch a Predator' Host Chris Hansen Scrambled for Possessions After Eviction

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'To Catch a Predator' Host Chris Hansen Scrambled for Possessions After Eviction
Chris Hansen is out on his ass ... with practically none of his belongings. Sources tell TMZ ... the former host of "To Catch a Predator" was escorted out of his Manhattan apartment February 6 by city marshals, but not before throwing a Hail Mary. We're told Hansen tried to be slick ... telling the marshals the attorneys worked out a deal. The marshals weren't buying it and called the landlord's legal muscle. Sure enough ... no deal was in place.
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Ybn Almighty Jay Suspect in Felony Theft Case

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Ybn Almighty Jay is being investigated for allegedly jacking another rapper's chain, Rolex and cash ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Ybn Almighty Jay was filming videos Thursday in Chatsworth, CA with another rap artist, when he and his crew allegedly ran off with tons of loot after the last take. We're told Ybn Almighty Jay has been named a suspect felony grand theft in the police report. We're told Ybn Almighty Jay
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Sparks Fly Between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in the Hilarious Trailer For Long Shot

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Sparks Fly Between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in the Hilarious Trailer For Long Shot
Huh, who would've thought: Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are the leads we never knew we needed in a romantic comedy.

In their upcoming film Long Shot, Theron plays Charlotte, the secretary of state who's gearing up a campaign to be president, while Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a journalist. It just so happens that Charlotte used to babysit Fred when they were younger, and a chance run-in at a party brings them together again as adults. When she hires him as the speechwriter for her campaign? Well, sparks fly.

The film is also bolstered by the comedic presence of Randall Park as Fred's boss, O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Fred's Bff, June Diane Raphael as Charlotte's assistant, and Alexander Skarsgard as . . . well, we don't know yet, but it's safe to assume he'll play some superhot ex of Charlotte's since this is a romantic comedy, after all. Watch the trailer above,
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Meryl Streep Reveals Her Unique Real-Life Connection to Big Little Lies Season 2

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Meryl Streep Reveals Her Unique Real-Life Connection to Big Little Lies Season 2
The folks behind Big Little Lies so wanted Meryl Streep in the cast that they literally named the part for her.

"My real name is Mary Louise, so yeah, I had an in," smiled Streep when she and the cast joined series creator David E. Kelley at the show's Television Critics Association press day on Feb. 8 in Pasadena, CA.

In the second season of the series, which premieres in June, Streep plays Mary Louise Wright - aka the mother of Alexander Skarsgard's recently deceased (and fully despicable) Perry Wright and the mother-in-law of Nicole Kidman's Celeste Wright, who is covering up exactly how Perry perished. (Perhaps this is the cause for the seemingly awkward family dinner pictured above?)

Streep said she took on this project because, as a mother of four grown children herself, she was interested "in playing someone who is dealing with whatever the deficits of her parenting were,
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How Happy Death Day 2U Pulled Off That Wild (and Hilarious) Skydiving Death

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How Happy Death Day 2U Pulled Off That Wild (and Hilarious) Skydiving Death
Warning: Mild spoilers for Happy Death Day 2U ahead.

If you're not aware, Happy Death Day 2U has finally arrived to deliver more laughs and campy deaths than ever before. In the burgeoning franchise's second go-round, there are all sorts of twists and turns that will have you creeping toward the edge of your seat. And perhaps one of the best (and most fun) twists is a montage of bonkers, over-the-top deaths that range from jumping into a wood chipper, dropping a live hair dryer into a bathtub, and ramming a car into an electrical plant. But the most ridiculous death of all comes when Tree skydives out of an airplane . . . in a bikini.

During our recent interview with Jessica Rothe, the film's star talked all about the many mechanics that went into that one spectacular death. When it came to that epic free fall out of the plane, Rothe
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Yes, Happy Death Day 2U Has a Postcredits Scene - Here's Why It's a Big Deal

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Yes, Happy Death Day 2U Has a Postcredits Scene - Here's Why It's a Big Deal
Warning: this post contains spoilers for Happy Death Day 2U!

Ladies and gentlemen, the movie overlords have graciously blessed us with a sequel to 2017's best horror surprise, Happy Death Day. Now that we've got a second go-around, the highly anticipated Happy Death Day 2U is jam-packed with even more creepy baby masks, plenty of gruesome new deaths, and a gripping ride that keeps you guessing and laughing 'til the very end. Speaking of the end, I bet you're wondering about the all-important question that seems to hover over nearly every movie release nowadays: should you stay put after the credits or would it be a waste of time? Allow me to unravel the mystery just for you. And I'll even go so far as to describe it, if that's something you're into.

I have really excellent news about the postcredits situation in Happy Death Day 2U. First of all,
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Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation Takes a Major Turn: Everything We Know

Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation Takes a Major Turn: Everything We Know
Three weeks ago, Jussie Smollett was reported to be the victim of an alleged racist, homophobic attack. Now, after questioning two men originally thought to be suspects, police say new information has "shifted the trajectory of the investigation." News of the reported assault went viral and was met with mixed reactions online, with many suggesting the incident is a hoax, something the actor has denied. On Saturday, CNN quoted law enforcement sources as saying the Empire actor paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him. Smollett's attorneys have said that the actor feels "victimized" by claims that he "played a role in his own...
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Ja Rule Just Threatened to Have Another Fyre Festival, Because We Haven't Suffered Enough

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Ja Rule Just Threatened to Have Another Fyre Festival, Because We Haven't Suffered Enough
When a movie receives terrible reviews, typically it doesn't get green-lighted for a sequel. That's why we were never tortured by Gigli 2, or a follow-up to The Book of Henry. But apparently Ja Rule either doesn't believe in this logical process, or is out of his damn mind (or both), because he recently teased a second installment of the worst "luxury" music festival that never was: Fyre Fest.

As a reminder, festival-goers - some of whom had paid thousands for their tickets - arrived at the festival site in the Bahamas and discovered a barren, unorganized, trash-covered space strewn with Fema tents that were leftover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael. The doomed event was so bad that it not only inspired two documentaries about the whole disaster but also destroyed the livelihoods of innocent bystanders and landed the festival's chief fraudster, Billy McFarland, in prison.

Ja Rule, who collaborated on Fyre Fest with McFarland,
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14-Year-Old Marsai Martin Is Set to Become the Youngest Executive Producer in History

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14-Year-Old Marsai Martin Is Set to Become the Youngest Executive Producer in History
Black-ish star Marsai Martin is about to make history. The 14-year-old actress is gearing up to be the youngest executive producer of a major Hollywood movie in history. You read that right. She's 14, and she's out here making movies (and starring in them). Whew. She'll bear the title when her film Little, starring Insecure's Issa Rae and Girls Trip's Regina Hall, hits theaters this Spring.

The movie centers around a woman named Jordan Sanders (Hall), whose callous behavior causes her to become cursed by a little girl. Jordan then turns back into her 13-year-old self (Martin), who must relive her childhood. In an interview with The Root, Martin confirmed that the movie is inspired by Tom Hank's 1988 classic Big. "It was one of my most favorite films growing up," she said. "After the [season one] finale of Black-ish, we told Kenya Barris about it, and he called Will [Packer] and said: 'Yo,
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2019 Writers Guild Awards: The Complete List of Winners

2019 Writers Guild Awards: The Complete List of Winners
We've officially hit the final homestretch of awards shows. The 2019 Oscars are just one week away and feature a star-studded group of presenters, despite not having a host. Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Melissa McCarthy, Samuel L. Jackson and so many others will take the stage on Feb. 24 and hand out accolades to their fellow artists. Feb. 17, however, was reserved for the writers. Just like producers had their show as well as directors and SAG-AFTRA members, the evening belonged to television and film's screenwriters. The 2019 Writers Guild Awards were held in both Los Angeles and New York. Chelsea Peretti hosted the L.A. event while Roy Wood Jr. led the evening in New...
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Carly Rae Jepsen Sings ‘O’Canada’ At NBA All-Star Game

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Carly Rae Jepsen is doing Canada proud with her beautiful vocals. The “Call Me Maybe” singer performed a stirring rendition of “O’Canada” at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday. Related: Lady Gaga Makes Good On Promise To Carly Rae Jepsen .@carlyraejepsen performs the Canadian National Anthem before #NBAAllStar! Watch on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/fpOzgk5EKX
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See Brie Bella Get Emotional After Accidentally Kicking a WWE Competitor in the Ring

See Brie Bella Get Emotional After Accidentally Kicking a WWE Competitor in the Ring
Being a working mom is hard! On this week's all-new Total Bellas, Brie Bella found herself in tears as her busy work schedule left her exhausted and wracked with mom-guilt. On top of juggling storylines on both Raw and SmackDown, Brie and twin sister Nikki Bella were preparing for their first ever Birdiebee fashion show. Since Brie's work scheduled was so "chaotic," husband Bryan Danielson (known professionally as Daniel Bryan) urged his wife to not spread herself too thin. "It's just really hard on me because I can't be everywhere at once and it's not right," Brie lamented in a confessional. "There's something inside me that's very overwhelmed and just feeling...
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Lil Xan Expecting His First Child 5 Months After Noah Cyrus Breakup

Lil Xan Expecting His First Child 5 Months After Noah Cyrus Breakup
There's some big news for all those Xanxiety fans out there: Lil Xan is going to be a father! On Sunday, the rapper revealed on Instagram that he and his girlfriend Annie Smith were starting a family together. "i wanted to wait but i just can't leave my fans in the dark,it's official im going to be a father," Lil Xan, whose real name is Nicholas Diego Leanos, shared. "i love you guys so much and hope you stay along for this crazy journey and i've never felt more happy in my life."  He continued, "all of you are invited to the gender reveal party i promise ! Cant wait to show the world everything i've been working on at youtube space and my official sophomore album...
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Anthony Hamilton Puts Fergie's All-Star National Anthem to Shame

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Anthony Hamilton Puts Fergie's All-Star National Anthem to Shame
Talk about a complete 180 for the National Anthem performance at this year's NBA All-Star Game ... sorry, Fergie.  Anthony Hamilton took the reigns Sunday to do his own rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and he absolutely killed it ... even with a slowed-down version -- unlike his predecessor. The soul singer took his time, and hit every note he needed to ... and the crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. Even more telling ... no NBA players were laughing.
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