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Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom March 8, 2019 AP, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury in Chicago indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.The Cook County grand jury indictment dated Thursday and made public on Friday gives details of the disorderly conduct charge against Smollett. It elaborates on the allegation that he falsely reported that he was attacked on Jan. 28 by two masked men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at the black and openly gay actor, beat him, threw an unidentified liquid chemical on him and looped a rope tied like a noose around his neck.The indictment — eight counts from what he told the officer who responded to the report of the attack and eight for what he later told a detective — comes a little more than two weeks after prosecutors announced one felony count of the same charge.Chicago police initially investigated the incident as a possible hate crime but later said Smollett staged the attack, recruiting two brothers to carry it out, because he was unhappy with his pay on the Fox show.Indictments like the one revealed Friday are common in criminal cases. It was widely expected, said Mark Geragos, a prominent attorney representing Smollett.“The way the process operates is they have to do a probable cause proceeding, so this is what’s called a probable cause proceeding.I never thought they would do a preliminary hearing,” Geragos told NBC’s “Access” after the indictment was reported.Smollett, who was released on bail from jail the day after he was charged on Feb. 20, is scheduled to appear in court next week. He has denied the allegations.While it was not immediately clear why the grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts, it divides what prosecutors and police say the actor told the officer who responded to the initial call from what he said to the detective.The second eight counts are more explosive because they include two things that helped propel the incident into an international sensation. The first is that by the time he talked to the detective, Smollett said he could see through the eye holes of one attacker’s mask that he was a white man. The two brothers who allegedly participated are black.“He took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who is black, told reporters the day Smollett was initially charged. Johnson said Smollett paid the two brothers $3,500 to carry out the staged attack.The second eight counts also include the allegation that Smollett told the detective one of the attackers looped a rope around his neck — a detail that both Johnson and the judge who set Smollett’s bond said was a particularly offensive use of a symbol of the ugly history of black lynchings in the United States.The indictment, written in the dry legal language, does not include new details.It says that Smollett knew at the time he relayed his account that he had “no reasonable ground that such an offense had been committed.”Since Smollett’s arrest, the producers of “Empire” announced that the actor’s character would be removed from the season’s final two episodes. Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct Posted: March 8, 2019last_img read more

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200 exhibitors to take part in IHE 2018

first_imgIndia International Hospitality expo 2018, which will take place from August 8 – 11, recently announced the congregation of hospitality, retail, baking, housekeeping and F&B industry. Aiming to make hospitality industry a catalyst for economic growth, the expo will be held at India Expo Centre and mart, Greater Noida Expressway.With over 200 exhibitors and over 8,000 visitors, this show is the first chapter of country’s largest and most comprehensive sourcing hub for the Hospitality, Retail, Baking, Housekeeping and F&B Industry. Further, it has been built on a grand vision – to become the biggest hospitality show in Asia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe four-day mega event will be inaugurated by Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing Industry, Interaction of Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation with the industry and a fashion show curated by Sunil Sethi Design Alliance and food menu by Chef Manjit Gill in the Banaras Evening. The event will also see different sessions of culinary theatre by celebrity chefs such as Manjit Gill, Devinder Kumar, Gunjan Goela, Gautam Chaudhary, Nishant Chobey and others. Being true to their vision, IHE 18 has got a stellar board of industry stalwarts with over 40+ years of experience in the hospitality industry and will play a host to celebrated influencers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking about the expo, Rakesh Kumar,Chairman, IEML and Executive Director, EPCH said,” This mega congregation caters to the powerful trio of Food Products, F&B Equipments and Décor Solutions along with the key decision makers (producers, distributors, marketers, service providers, restaurant and hospitality companies, and the entire gamut) who are shaping the hospitality industry.””The expo has been planned after a due understanding of business goals of the hospitality industry and our team is working hard to maximize your returns as partners with us”, said Sunil Sethi, Chairman, Steering Committee IHE 18, Director, IEML, Founder Sunil Sethi Design Alliance.last_img read more

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