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Jussie Smollett’s character will not return to ‘Empire’

Smollett, who is black, gay and Jewish, had been written out of the final two episodes of the show’s fifth season.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/05/2019
Japan's new Emperor Naruhito waves as he arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 1, 2019

Japan's new emperor Naruhito ascends the Throne

The reason behind Akihito's abdication is his old age and declining health. Naruhito succeeds the Throne at the age of 59 after his father ruled for three decades.

Jussie Smollett exits Cook County Department of Corrections after posting bail in Chicago, Illinois

Police provide detailed timeline of staged attack on Jussie Smollett

After speaking to the two men, their attorney, Gloria Schmidt, told detectives that “something smelled fishy,” police said.

Empire star Jussie Smollett faked attack due to dissatisfactory paycheck

Smollett had previously claimed that the attackers had shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him, as well as expressed support for US President Donald Trump.

24/02/2019

Jussie Smollett appears on stage days after apparent hate crime attack

Jussie Smollett told an audience in southern California that he is “going to stand strong with y’all” in the wake of an assault that is being characterized as a hate crime.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/02/2019

Black Jewish actor Jussie Smollett violently assaulted

Smollett was born to a Jewish father and African-American mother. In 2015, Smollett came out as gay.

By ILANIT CHERNICK , EMILY BURACK/ JTA
24/02/2019
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