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Empire actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Chicago.
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March 14, 2019 - 11:55 am
CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago. Lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on behalf of the 36-year-old actor during a...
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This March 12, 2019, photo shows the Metropolitan Detention Center of Bernalillo County outside of Albuquerque, N.M.
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March 14, 2019 - 9:21 am
By Astrid Galvan, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Two years after New Mexico's largest county barred local law enforcement from cooperating with immigration authorities, its leaders learned that the policy was being subverted from within. Staff members at the Bernalillo County jail in Albuquerque...
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Jussie Smollett
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March 12, 2019 - 5:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that she would welcome cameras in the courtroom during the "Empire" actor's trial on charges accusing him of lying to the police, saying there has been a lot of leaked misinformation and cameras would allow the public to "see the evidence and...
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Britney Spears
Chiang Ying-ying/AP, file
March 12, 2019 - 4:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Britney Spears is the latest pop star throwing her fedora onto the stage. Producers of the new musical stage comedy "Once Upon a One More Time" say their show will use Spears' hit songs, which include "Oops!... I Did It Again," ''... Baby One More Time," ''Toxic" and "Stronger." The...
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R. Kelly
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February 27, 2019 - 1:18 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — After R. Kelly met a girl celebrating her 16th birthday at a restaurant, it was his manager who handed her Kelly's business card with the R&B star's personal phone number on it, telling the teen that Kelly wanted her to give him a call, according to prosecutors. The 52-year-old...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles.
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February 25, 2019 - 9:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge says "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett can travel out-of-state to meet his lawyers while he's free on bond on charges he falsely reported being attacked by two masked men. Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett's attorneys, who say he's innocent. READ : 'Empire'...
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R. Kelly surrenders to authorities at Chicago First District police station, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
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February 25, 2019 - 10:38 am
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail Monday after posting $100,000 bail that will allow him to go free while awaiting trial on charges that he sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three underage girls. Hours earlier, the R&B star pleaded not guilty to the...
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In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, attorney Steve Greenberg and prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez appears before Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 in Chicago.
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February 24, 2019 - 3:37 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, won't get out of jail until Monday or Tuesday as confidants scramble to arrange to pay the $100,000 bail needed to free him as he awaits trial for aggravated sexual abuse, his lawyer said Sunday. The 52-year-old R&B...
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R. Kelly surrenders to authorities at Chicago First District police station, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP
February 24, 2019 - 9:16 am
CHICAGO (AP) — While on trial for child pornography in 2008, R. Kelly still found time to talk to fans, give autographs and to meet an underage girl he later invited to his home, according to prosecutors who depicted the R&B star as manipulative and sometimes violent. Other accusers included a...
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R Kelly
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February 23, 2019 - 2:48 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Saturday gave R. Kelly a chance to go free while the R&B star awaits trial on charges that he sexually abused four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo reckoning for a celebrity. Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke...
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