The town of Empire which is home to a general store, a gas pump, a storage business and the gypsum mining operations got famous after the “Nomadland” film that won best picture and best director at the Golden Globes Awards.
The city of Chicago is saying the actor owes it over $130,000 for police costs incurred in the investigation of a hate crime that authorities allege was phony.
Prosecutors infuriated Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago's police chief this week when they dropped 16 felony counts that accused Jussie Smollett of making a false police report about being the target of a racist, anti-gay attack in January.
On Tuesday, prosecutors dropped all the criminal charges against Jussie Smollett, saying they stood by the accusation that the US actor had faked a hate crime.
US television actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men.
Actor Jussie Smollett was charged 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.
Chicago's ABC7 television reported that the 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett staged being physically assaulted because he was being written out of the television show. Police say there is no evidence to back that claim.
Actor Jussie Smollett of the US television program "Empire" was hospitalised on Tuesday after two men tied a rope around his neck, police said.
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