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All Charges Have Been Dropped Against ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett

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Jussie Smollett is kicking off Tuesday as a free man.

In a shocking turn of events, all criminal charges against the Empire actor were dropped and his record was expunged Tuesday during an “emergency” court hearing.

Less than two weeks ago, Smollett plead not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct.

Back in January, Smollett said he was the victim of a racial and homophobic hate crime in downtown Chicago.

Prosecutors believed he hired the two men, who were extras on the hit FOX series, to stage the attack.

Smollett became Chicago’s biggest enemy, but it seems it’s all water under the bridge now.

Spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who recused herself from the case, said that potential witnesses to the crime may have benefitted Smollett.

Not only is Smollet’s record “wiped clean,” Judge Steven G. Watkins sealed the case file, and Smollett will forfeit the $10,000 bail he posted.

The Chicago Police Department had no comment.

Attorneys Glandian and Brown Holmes issued a statement after the hearing:

“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment. Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case, Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result. Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career.”

Throughout the whole trial, Smollett maintained his innocence.

Smollett’s family, including his sister, actress Jurnee-Smollett Bell, gave a public statement celebrating his innocence and targeting those who wrongfully accused him.

“Our son and brother is an innocent man whose name and character has been unjustly smeared. Jussie is a son, a brother, a partner, a champion for human rights, and a genuine soul who would never be capable of what he was falsely accused of.”

They continued: “The painful incidents we’ve witnessed him endure over the past 7 weeks have been heartbreaking and unjust to say the least. While many were quick to rush to judgment before hearing the actual truth, we are grateful that the truth about Jussie has come to light.”

“We look forward to bringing the real perpetrators to justice. We thank God and our village for standing by us during this trying time,” they concluded.

It seems like we haven’t heard the last from Smollett.

His image in the public eye suffered after the public trial as did the FOX series. In fact, pending more information, Smollett was removed from the final five episodes of the season.


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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‘Scream Queens’ Star Billie Lourd Welcomes Baby Boy – See the Name That Pays Tribute to Carrie Fisher

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Billie Lourd Welcomes First Child

Billie Lourd surprised fans on Thursday morning when she welcomed her son into the world. 

The Scream Queens actress kept her pregnancy under wraps before revealing a photo of her baby boy’s feet on Instagram. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFie3M8HhNb/?utm_source=ig_embed

She also revealed she named him Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell; his name pays tribute to Lourd’s late mother and Star Wars’ Princess Leia Carrie Fisher.

Lourd is engaged to Austen Ryden, the child’s father. 

Mark Hamil, her mother’s co-star, celebrated the good news on Twitter writing, “Congratulations to #BillieLourd & #AustenRydell on the arrival of their firstborn child: Kingston Fisher Lord Rydell!!! I can’t think of another baby with both “KING” AND “LORD” in their name. Nice.”

Congratulations to the happy couple. 

Just yesterday, This Is Us actress Mandy Moore announced she’s expecting a baby boy in early 2021. 

And pretty soon, Lourd will be able to have play dates her Scream Queen’s co-star Emma Roberts, who is also pregnant! 


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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Launching in National Syndication Following Emmys Sweep

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Schitt's Creek to Be Available for National Broadcast Syndication

The small town of Schitt’s Creek is going nationwide! 

After sweeping the Emmys on Sunday, September 20, the half-hour sitcom is coming to a TV near you. 

You’ll be able to watch the fan-favorite comedy anywhere as it’s being launched into national syndication across U.S broadcast markets starting on September 28, per the press release from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, who owns the domestic broadcast rights. 

Prior to Sunday’s show, the Pop TV original had zero Emmy’s, but now, it’s being referred to as a nine-time Emmy Award-winning comedy. Talk about bragging rights. 

During the 2020 virtual show, it won all seven of the major comedy categories and became the first to win all four comedy-acting categories in one year. 

QUIZ: Which ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Character Are You?

The cast includes Emmy Award winners Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy and Chris Elliott. Rounding out the cast are Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Noah Reid, Sarah Levy, Karen Robinson, Dustin Milligan, John Hemphill, Rizwan Manji, and Tim Rozon.

Schitt’s Creek centers on an outrageously wealthy video store magnate, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy); his former soap-star wife Moira (Catherine O’Hara); and their two adult children – the self-described black sheep of the family David (Daniel Levy) and career socialite Alexis (Annie Murphy). When the family suddenly find themselves broke, they have no choice but to move to Schitt’s Creek, a small-town Johnny once bought as a joke. Forced to live out of a motel, with their pampered lives a memory, they struggle to find jobs and relationships and, most importantly, figure out what it means to be a family in the loveable town they’ve reluctantly come to call home. 

Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, commented, “What begins as a fish-out-of-water story quickly develops into a nuanced love letter to family, delivered with warmth, humanity and perfect comedic timing. With a gifted cast and whip-smart writing, it’s easy to see why ‘Schitt’s Creek’ appeals to Emmy voters, critics and viewers, and has built a loyal and passionate fan base. We are excited to bring the Emmy Award-winning series to broadcast television stations and introduce the iconic Rose family to a new audience.”

Previously, Schitt’s Creek was available for streaming on Netflix.

The sixth and final season will be available on the platform starting Wednesday, October 7. 


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‘This Is Us’ Season 5 Moves Up Premiere Date – Find Out When You Can Reunite with the Pearsons!

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This Is Us Season 5 Moves Up Premiere Date - Find Out When You Can Reunite with the Pearsons!

The wait for new episodes of This Is Us is almost over. 

The show’s fifth season will premiere on Tuesday, October 27, a few weeks ahead of its previously announced November 10 premiere

NBC made the announcement during a commercial that ran during the season finale of America’s Got Talent on Wednesday.

The show’s official social media accounts also revealed the good news writing: “We just couldn’t wait any longer, but we have a feeling you won’t mind.”

The reunion with the Pearsons will be a two-hour event, which will hopefully answer some burning questions left behind by season 4 like who Madison’s doctor is and why Nicky was by Rebecca’s bedside instead of Miguel. 

Oh, Baby! ‘This Is Us’ Actress Mandy Moore Pregnant With First Child

The series has about a month to turn over new episodes as TVLine notes that the series is set to start production this week following a mandatory hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Like many shows including FOX’s The Resident, the season isn’t shying away from reality but will instead tackle the pandemic “head-on,” series creator Dan Fogelman revealed on Twitter.

It’s unclear how the public health crisis will play into the show’s narrative or how it’ll affect the tight-knit Pearson clan. Maybe that’s why Randall and Kevin haven’t seen each other for years? Yes, we’re trying to pretend that big explosive fight in the This Is Us Season 4 finale never happened! 

Turning it over to you, Cravers. Are you excited for the return of This Is Us?


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