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Jussie Smollett has just been indicted for a felony ... disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, and the stakes are 3 years in prison. Also, Khloe Kardashian put on a brave face -- making a very public appearance just days after her split with Tristan Thompson -- as Jordyn Woods packs her bags to move out of Kylie Jenner's home. SUBSCRIBE: http://po.st/TMZSubscribe About TMZ: TMZ has consistently been credited for breaking the biggest stories dominating the entertainment news landscape and changed the way the public gets their news. Regularly referenced by the media, TMZ is one of the most cited entertainment news sources in the world. Subscribe to TMZ on YouTube for breaking celebrity news/ gossip and insight from the newsroom staff (TMZ Chatter & TMZ News), the best clips from TMZ on TV, Raw & Uncut TMZ paparazzi video (from TMZ.com) and the latest video from TMZ Sports and TMZ Live! Keeping Up with Our YouTube Exclusive Content: TMZ Chatter: TMZ newsroom staff insight and commentary from stories/ photos/ videos on TMZ.com TMZ News: The latest news you need to know from TMZ.com Raq Rants: Raquel Harper talks to a celebrity guest with ties to the hip hop and R&B communities. Behind The Bar Podcast: TMZ's lawyers Jason Beckerman and Derek Kaufman loiter at the intersection of law and entertainment, where they look closely at the personalities, events and trends driving the world of celebrity — and how the law affects it all. We love Hollywood, we just have a funny way of showing it. Need More TMZ? TMZ Website: http://po.st/TMZWebsite LIKE TMZ on Facebook! http://po.st/TMZLike FOLLOW TMZ on Twitter! http://po.st/TMZFollow FOLLOW TMZ on Instagram! http://po.st/TMZInsta TMZ on TV & TMZ Sports on FS1 Tune In Info: http://po.st/TMZOnAir TMZ is on iOS! http://po.st/TMZiOS TMZ is on Android! http://po.st/TMZonAndroid Got a Tip? Contact TMZ: http://po.st/TMZTip Check out TMZ Live, TMZ Sports and toofab! TMZ Live: http://po.st/TMZLiveWebsite Subscribe! TMZ Live: http://po.st/TMZLiveSubscribe TMZ Sports: http://po.st/TMZSportsWebsite Subscribe! TMZ Sports: http://po.st/TMZSportsSubscribe Toofab: http://po.st/toofabWebsite Subscribe! toofab: http://po.st/toofabSubscribe https://www.youtube.com/c/TMZ
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mm 2018 (2 months ago)
Prison for Smollett is like a long stay trip to the Bunny ranch for a straight guy....... Lil pump you are officially black now.
Derrick Ward (2 months ago)
Black people need to stop regardless how it happened jussie Smollett is the victim. If it really happened or if he was set up to ruin his career. He is a actor on a gangster TV series Empire if he was trying to Stage his own assault first he would have bought everything that was needed and gave it to the guys with the money because it is his idea also he wouldn't have made it look random he would have made it look like they knew who he was and he was being targeted. And if he was going to make it seem racial related he would have hired to white guys and plan it to happen somewhere it would have been caught on video. He is a well-known actor and single why would he released his cell phone so that all his personal informations get leak and be smeared all over social media. And if I am wrong he don't deserve jail time he needs counseling and support from his fans and black community. The real problem in this country is that we have a president and staff that lies everyday also tell the citizens of his country that the justice system is broken Top Justice officials are liars and he fires them. Continue to call the news media fake news in the enemy of the country and have his supporters threaten the lives of these people . Most of the police departments and officers in this country lie all the time about there murder and assaults on black people. Why can't the police departments around the country spend time finding out the truth when it comes to those cases. When an organization lie about one thing they lie about everything fix those problem. I thought in America you are innocent until proven guilty! But as a black person or Jessie Smollett you are guilty until they find a way to prove your guilty. Black people need to stop the system is broken and the people in the position of power lie to us every day. At the end of the day let's not forget black people this man is the victim until he is in court with a jury of his peers to prove that he is not. Jussie Smollett case has received more opinionated attention across social media then any of the murder, assault and lies on black people across the country. What I care about is if you commit a crime lie about a crime or Insight or promote a crime to be committed. A citizen police officer or politician be held accountable based on undeniable facts. We have so many black people in prison that are innocent young black men wrongfully murdered or subject to a smear campaign full of lies and opinions to ruin black people's careers the public opinion about that person and incarcerate. I understand black lives matter but we need to have a 'Why Us Campaign' to have a real conversation about us to fix us to empower us with us as a community to continue to be a proud race and to show others they can be proud of us as well. Rebuilding black self-esteem black pride and black power✊🏿
MrSmackdab (3 months ago)
how many else want to smack punch that lowlife mark geragos?
Shakellia Daniels (3 months ago)
Temu Kidu (3 months ago)
Jussies Gome over
Wally Smith II (3 months ago)
I'm thinking that it's really my bag...Hm?
CJ Mittele (3 months ago)
I thought the Kramer incident was the worst career ender ever... this is even worse.
O Pena (3 months ago)
What about the brothers role? Why didn't they report Jussie approaching them with this idea first-hand????
O Pena (3 months ago)
This hoax if true is an expression of perhaps how he feels deep inside and this is bizarre behavior. He maybe suicidal.
O Pena (3 months ago)
He appears depressed and mentally ill. He needs therapy and counseling not jail time.
Tracie Parker (3 months ago)
When RACISM finally ends 2019+infinity. Sad.
miss i keeps it real (3 months ago)
Well Monique asked for more $ and didnt get it, so maybe this will work
truth warrior7711 (3 months ago)
Jussie Smollett helped expose how Fake the MSM Swamp Press is! MSM loves their UNVERIFIED anti Humanity divide and conquer the people garbage! You people are SICK!!!!!!!!!!!
Brian Smith (3 months ago)
Smoulette - how does this get u a salary increase? This lack of a clear connection is the flaw in the case
eet fuk (3 months ago)
Trump Derangement Syndrome in full effect
Teresa Billion (3 months ago)
Everybody has made mistakes. Praying for you Jussie.
Paul Kayd3ms (3 months ago)
Don't drop the soap in prison. Actually he would enjoy that..
William Riley (3 months ago)
I just heard his salary was being reduced... TO ZERO...! HAPPY TRAILS JUSSIE... (Try Burger King...)
Ok? Okay. (3 months ago)
Welp, now he has no salary
Weedy James (3 months ago)
They snitched on him ..... Free Jessie.. 😭😂🤣
D Fard Da God (3 months ago)
He'll get 3 year's probation
Jeff W (3 months ago)
So NOW you say "IF TRUE" but you immediately believed this fake crap when it came out.... Do some research first next time tmz
marcbronze1 (3 months ago)
They need to put him on suicide watch. This is very bad and he didn’t anticipate the outcome because he thought he would get away with it . I feel bad in a not so bad way, if that makes sense.
Hillary c (3 months ago)
You guys believed him 100%(at least it appeared that way) while the rest of us was doubting for first two weeks. I am not necessarily a trump supporter but a Republican and very offended by your negligent reports that went on day after day.
Davy Brazell (3 months ago)
That's not my bag
Kray Rodriguez (3 months ago)
Don't believe that story. The real reason is because his is a racist, not because of the money. Don't Fall For It again!
glock19gen (3 months ago)
Most of us knew this from the start. After watching his interview and his body language it would take a moron to have believed this story. He has hurt how true victims maybe treated when coming forward. So sad. Now the Berkeley issue looks as though it could be a true hate crime but we will have to get more facts .
Digonto Zahid (3 months ago)
Reporter lol 😂😂😂
Renegadeproject (3 months ago)
The funny thing about the whole thing is that Smollet paid two Nigerian princes $3500 expecting to get back millions
The American (3 months ago)
I think he should have thought before making all these bad choices. He should have taken that big Black Dick a few more hours before leaving the house then girl wouldn’t have been so fillEd with all that scat!🤪😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Estrella (3 months ago)
They wrote you off the show hows that pay day working out for you now??? Great job for messing up your life 🤦‍♀️👏👏
MOYA FIGUEROA (3 months ago)
I know it
NUNE 242 (3 months ago)
This whole thing with Jussie is just bizarre! As for Khloe, it's called Karma..duh😕
L MV (3 months ago)
1:03 Amen! He owes Chicago an apology too
Thomas Minton (3 months ago)
Gay Tupac, huh? 😒
zachary allende (3 months ago)
Pietro Bailey (3 months ago)
So Just went from not making enough to not making anything at all...
NOT YOU (3 months ago)
Hopefully he'll kill himself.
Steve Dhi (3 months ago)
hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha liberals freaking out hahaha hahaha hahaha
ericsalinas98 (3 months ago)
Entertainment news is what makes this country more dumb every day
Keith Sana (3 months ago)
Hey Harvey where’s that lady that saw those two racist red necks that were hanging outside their condo when she was walking her dog? You know she said she could tell they were trumpeters because of their camouflage socks🤔
Archer Cillian (3 months ago)
Now.......... you say “if true”. Should have had that same energy at the beginning of this charade.
Spirit Warrior (3 months ago)
Would've been easier to ask for a raise.
Ashley Madge (3 months ago)
Exactly why you dont believe everything people say.
Tacky Zack (3 months ago)
You a got damn lie🤬🤬🤬🤬 that POS that blamed Emmett Till and got him executed, is far worse that this idiot, she's never been arrested either for that lie and false report, and she admitted it!!! But now the black man is the face of the lie 🤬🤬🤬 I'm glad I believe nothing from you ppl I will always dissect and investigate everything coming from you, I don't Trust you period!
tintin (3 months ago)
Killed off in Empire or just written off? What will it be?
K Al (3 months ago)
⚠️He was hoping for his own Rodney King video ⚠️tmz how about you start exposing the truth ⚠️Kamala Harris is his ant⚠️
DINESH MEENA (3 months ago)
You r a pathological liar what about 1980 al Sharpton case
Andre Harris (3 months ago)
His career is going UP DOWN UP DOWN UPPPP DOWNNNN.. 😂😂
Hijabi 4Life (3 months ago)
You got your wish Jussie you're famous everyone knows you for the lying racist President of the US Trump saying you have racist talk and should apologize 😪
slak maltigo (3 months ago)
You are fake news
James Courtney 007 (3 months ago)
Upset about pay, but can give away 3,500 bucks to stage an assault. This guy is a special kind of stupid
RJSP Brown (3 months ago)
I'm sorry he needs to go to jail for reporting false claims . But I already knew he was lying when he said he was going to Subway. WTF.....
Just different (3 months ago)
If true? But tmz was about this when he first claimed this had happened.... bias I see
Jonathan Rodriguez (3 months ago)
Where’s all the black peoples to clown on this fool. You’ll quick to cry about everything else
Punk Fancii (3 months ago)
If This is his first offense he'll most likely not do any jail time but they'll for sure drain his accounts fighting this lol thats what greedy get you. Tries to get more money and ends up losing and tarnishing your name in the process lol this man just committed career suicide.
Fey Florentino (3 months ago)
Que merda hei.
Noe Castillo (3 months ago)
He probably wants prison since he is gay
frederick gilbert (3 months ago)
Kurt S (3 months ago)
A 1 yr old black girl gets shot in the head during a drive by from a black shooter. In Chicago during all this Jusse BS. They should talk about the real victims but the criminal doesn’t fit the media agenda. Remember the Houston drive by that killed a 7 yr old black girl? They thought the killer was white so it was national news. Once they figured out who it really was, the media moved on, because they don’t really care about black victims, they care about white criminals.
Gregory Robinson (3 months ago)
He needs to apologize to "Kevin Hart." I think Mr. Hart is a stand up guy and he tried to squash all that bickering & beef from the LGBT community by tweeting his condolences to Jussie Smollets, considering the false Anti-Gay & Anti Black attack . He definitely needs to apologized to the nation and The President. Jussie Smollets shouldn't have done what he did because it affected the entire nation & by getting on national t.v with the lady from Good Morning America. That did nothing but add fuel to the fire that he had created by cursing & crying crocodile tears & claiming that something needs to be done. That was heavy stuff-he probably didn't read about Emmitt Tille and all the Blacks who were lynched before & during the civil rights movement. He really created some damage & many people like myself probably believe that the DEMOCRATS are behind this disgusting act. It makes me favor Trump more -I'm voting for Trump in 2020 & I'm African American.
fredo310 (3 months ago)
Gaypac ✊
Retired Stitcher (3 months ago)
TMZ has it’s own very biased agenda. They throw out opinions trying now to make a connection to spinning it towards a negative Trump conspiracy.
Mana Mataele (3 months ago)
fck you its true
bridget casseaux (3 months ago)
Look with this Jussie this what gonna happen ... He gonna go to jail for a short period or not even rehab ... He gonna come out everyone gonna want to interview him he gonna be all over the place just like how he is now ... He gonna do the apology the crying ...then he gonna be on some other show or shows or movies even and ...he gonna be even bigger or richer than before So that is why he did this It is sad It is pathetic But this is the world we living in sadly And believe me more people gonna be doing this . Just take a look at how many people doing it now even the fashion industry joining in ...
zyn zang (3 months ago)
He was testing his acting skills , seems like he has a little more actor training to do 😭
SAY WHAT! (3 months ago)
whats KILLING me is this clown is still sayin: hes INNOCENT! please lock his crazy ass up, before he hurts somebody, hes startin to believe his own LIES!💯
SAY WHAT! (3 months ago)
+Gregory Robinson ...hes the gay version of a terrorist!😁 who wanted to start a race war on the LOW!!! & got caught!!! HE MADE THE STUPID COMMUNITY PROUD!!!😂
Gregory Robinson (3 months ago)
It's Tupac. You know he claim to be the gay version of you.
Adonis Discoveries (3 months ago)
Well that would be dumb . He paid them 3500 each and he need bread
Nick Mintz (3 months ago)
This will set a precedent for individuals making false claims but he should get some jail time at least a year to think about it. He still says he is innocent. What are the odds?
mountopian 1 (3 months ago)
Smollett should strap a device onto his chest and walk into TMZ and get a one on one interview. Then in the middle of it he pushes a button and kapow! America is great again.
Phonxer (3 months ago)
Now when his career is over on Empire, I wonder how his character die...? Maybe somebody will throw a bleach on him..
Jim McQ (3 months ago)
Hate crime. We're firm believers in separation of Soros funded demokkkrats and planet. WWG1WGA
Buttered Lumps (3 months ago)
Harvy's not showing it much but he's in physical pain. What a trooper, pushing forward through this despite how it's destroying him on the inside.
Mike Hunt (3 months ago)
Lynch him.
Colleen Ward (3 months ago)
he must b sick
Eagle Eye (3 months ago)
If Lee Daniel didn't owe Dame Dash 2 million , he could have paid jussie .
London King (3 months ago)
I don't believe ANY of this!! A set up for a FALL out/in. I guess someone needs to learn a very important lesson!
Eagle Eye (3 months ago)
They have footage of the 2 Nigerian men buying masks prior to the hoax attack . Why is this fool still playing the victim ? Doesn't he know all the facts come back to him . Keep racking those attorney bills jussie if you ain't get paid enough wait till your broke. Maybe then he can sell his ass for some chips . 😂😂
FateOfAll (3 months ago)
TMZ you put this out there and now you act like there isn't egg on your face? Shameful, I knew this story was fake from the first time I heard it and guess what TMZ there is plenty of evidence! TMZ=fake news
Joshua d'Estoville (3 months ago)
This liefdeskind has given a bad name to the Smollett Clan.
OceanBlue (3 months ago)
This Jussie Smollett character is triple privileged in Hollywood!... He is Jewish, gay and black at the same time!... Those are all huge assets in Hollywood!... He will get off with a slap on the wrist and then Hollywood will welcome him back!
Sensibility (3 months ago)
Those two guys are Americans, born in Chicago. Why do we keep saying Nigerians? Very absurd to sensationalize. Keep it REAL!
Buck Kilgore (3 months ago)
federal agents tmz @ it again.
Vera 1957 (3 months ago)
TMZ is as guilty as that Jussie idiot. Then that race baiting black dude with the squares on his head also pushed this bs
JH (3 months ago)
Justin Jones (3 months ago)
Looks like Jussie is gonna be getting some prison love in his future
00819813 0013824 (3 months ago)
He needs mental help. Therapy. He needs help. Lets help him. And the guys whp went along w it.
Siva 1985 (3 months ago)
Not surprised blacks always act like victims.
Rick 137c (3 months ago)
Makes TMZ fake news
Rick 137c (3 months ago)
What about all the fake news media that said this was true?
Robert France (3 months ago)
What the cop said is sad but true. After this people won't believe it when it is done for real to someone!
CarsGuns&Freedom (3 months ago)
Guillermo Rodriguez (3 months ago)
He wanted attention too 😂😂
Brenda Brayton (3 months ago)
I Can Not Believe IT!! Jussie,REALLY???And You Actually Thought That"$3500!!!??"was Going to Solve Your Problems???No Baby, Those Two Men*(Who Actually have a'FAR!' Better Chance Of Getting'Acting Roles!' in The Next*"BLACK PANTHER MOVIE!!!"* Than YOU Will 'EVER!' Have At'REGAINING!' The*TRUST!*Of'ALL!* Those Close to You Or Just Around You!Your Own Self~Dignity is in Question Now,Your Career~Status is at Jeopardy Now, As Too Your*TRUE!*Financial~ Worth is Even More At*Stake!*From This. And The*SYMPATHY!* that You Desperately Are Seeking At This Time In Your Career is'NOT!*'Promising*(A NOOSE!)BLACK LIVES MATTER!The Struggle Is*100%REAL!!!*BUT Jussie,You Need To Look Within Your Own SOUL!To Right*THIS! Wrong,Understand Your Actions And &GROW!*From The Outcome,No Matter how*UGLY!*It May Be And You really need to*'ACCEPT!'That For *Right Now!,You are *STILL!*A Growing Actor in Progress And *STILL!* Building The *STEPPING-STONES! For A Very Successful ***FUTURE!!!***You Are in That Phase of Creating A*CATALOG! That'SHOULD!'Lead To Much*BETTER'PAYING ROLES&Opportunities As Well as Taking with You A Much*BIGGER!* *FAN BASE!*BUT Most Importantly A Very *SOLID!*Marketable Path Filled With Great *NOTORIETY!*For The Abilities in Your Crafts!'YES'Creating *LONGEVITY!*Jussie Your Acting & Musical Talents Displayed when in Character on The*HIT!*Television Show"EMPIRE!!!"May Not be Offering You A 'Top Dollar!'Contract as Others with Whom You Share The Set And Spotlight In other words for What You Asked OR Even, *DESERVE!*BUT To Go Out On A Limb Throwing ALL Caution to the Wind,Lashing Out Like A*'Spoiled!', *'REBELLIOUS!'Teen,And FABRICATE LIES! To**EVERYBODY!!!** Including*The LAW!* This Is Some ALL OUT! *NEW!*Ever~More **'Sophisticated!!!'** Type Of *BLACK-ON-BLACK!*CRIME!!!!* Jussie,Those Guys Had*'NO PROBLEM!'* *Taking Your Money! OMG!!!I PRAY That 'GOD!!!'Will Give You A **SECOND CHANCE!** *DROP!*The Charges, *CLEAR!*Your Name, *FULFILLYour Dreams And Be**TOTALLY!** FORGIVEN!After~ALL *EVERYBODY!*Makes Mistakes BUT Jussie You Have To*FIRST, BELIEVE IN★YOU!★ Peace,BB♡
Nicole Jonson (3 months ago)
I just want to know why haven't any white person who has called the police on black people claiming that they have done something to them have not been charged with a felony as jussie smolletthas
Kathy Rodriguez (3 months ago)
& now jessie has no salary ✌🏼
Pamela G Music (3 months ago)
He is not african American all that much
Kpugh1 (3 months ago)
I don’t trust Chicago PD. They’ve been snakes before. Also there is no actual evidence that he did it.Its all speculation. I shall wait and see.
chris bro (3 months ago)
Bro yall really got to ease up on him ...I understand he was completely wrong but dont send him into a deep sadness

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