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Pleece air nawh a’lookin into new claims at t’uhtack un “Empire” ackt'r, Jussie Smollett, may have bee staget. USA TODAY

Pleece set Winsdee “Empire” ackt'r Jussie Smollett is bein investigatid as a suspect f'r allegedly orchestratyun’ his'n’n uhtack las month

“Jussie Smollett is nawh officially classifiet as a suspect n’ a criminal investigashun by #ChicagoPolice f'r filyun’ a false pleece repert (Class 4 felony),” pleece spokesmun Anthony Guglielmi postid un Twitt’r.

Chicago pleece detectives presante evidance ta a Cook Countee grun jury Winsdee afternoon, accerdyun’ ta Guglielmi.

T’ ackt'r tole pleece las month he wuz attacket n’ Chicago n’ t’early hours of t’monin’ by acoupla masket menfolk who hollerd “racial un’ homofobic slurs.” Pleece set Smollett describet t’assailants punchyun’ ‘im n’ t’face, parin\, a chemical un ‘im un’ wrappyun’ a rope roun his'n’n nek.

Pleece investigatid t’uhtack as a “possibull hate crime,” un’ outrage online wuz swift un’ loud.

Smollett’s status as a victim cummencet ta shift las weekend aft’r pleece arrestid un’ interviewet acoupla bruthers who wuz originally idantifiet as suspects aft’r turnin up n’ surveillance footage.

T’ menfolk tole detectives at Smollett, who employet one as a personal trun’r, paid ‘um ta stage t’assault. A seerch warrant f'r thar residences also turnt up a receipt f'r t’rope.

Chicago Pleece rekwestid anoth’r interview wiff Smollett, un’ earli’r Winsdee, Smollett’s legal team met wiff proseecuters un’ detectives f'r a fall'r-up.

Guglielmi tole t’Associatid Press he wuz uncertane whut wuz discusset at t’meetin. He also declinet ta confirm reperts at subpoenas had bee issuet f'r t’ackt'r’s phone un’ bank recerds. Smollett’s atterneys, Todd Pugh un’ Vict'r P. Hederse, declinet ta comment un t’meetins. 

T’ meetins kum t’same day at celebritee defants atterney Mark Geragos officially joinet t’“Empire” ackt'r’s legal team.

Pugh’s offus tole USA TODAY at he un’ Hederse will remane Smollett’s primree atterneys un’ Geragos, who has represantid syun'’r Chris Brown un’ actress Winona Ryd’r, will assist ‘um.

Fox, t’netwerk behin “Empire,” reiteratid its suppert f'r t’ackt'r earli’r Winsdee, a’tellin USA TODAY, “Jussie Smollett continues ta be a consummate professyunal un set un’ as we have previously statid, he is nairy bein writte out of t’shoe.”

T’ netwerk’s sekunt public statement fallerd a Deedline repert at his'n’n role wuz bein scalet back wile t’Chicago Pleece Department investigates t’possibilitee at t’ ackt'r, who is black un’ gay, orchestratid las month’s assault, which wuz originally characterizet as a possibull hate crime. 

Meenwhile, it wuz repertid Tuesdee at t’ FBI is investigatyun’ wuth'r Smollett had inny role n’ a threetenyun’ lett’r addresset ta ‘im un’ contunyun’ a white powd’r lat’r reveeld ta be pane medicashun. T’ envelope wuz receivet at t’ Fox studio n’ Chicago which serves as t’shoe’s producshun base perzackly one week befer Smollett repertid bein assaultid un Jun. 29 n’ t’Streeterville nayburhood.

Altho t’FBI woultn’t confirm t’noose, a fedral gummint ofishul who has bee briefet but nairy autherizet ta comment un t’investigashun tole USA TODAY at t’agency’s new inkwiry is still n’ t’ preliminree stages.

Jussie Smollett case:  FBI investigates wuth'r ackt'r had inny role n’ threetenyun’ lett’r

Also un Tuesdee, Cook Countee State’s Atterney Kim Foxx announcet she wuz recusyun’ herself frum t’investigashun.

“Out of un abundance of caushun, t’deecishun ta recuse herself wuz made ta address potenshul questchuns of impartialitee baset upon familiaritee wiff potenshul witnesses n’ t’case,” Tun’ra Simonton, a spokeswumun f'r Foxx, set n’ a statement. 

Un Winsdee, Simonton, set at Foxx acktid as a go-twee f'r pleece aft’r Smollett repertid at he had bee assaultid.

“Shertly aft’r t’incident occurret n’ late Januree, State’s Atterney Foxx had conversayshuns wiff a fambly memb’r of Jussie Smollett about t’incident un’ thar concerns, un’ facilitatid a connecshun ta t’Chicago Pleece Department who wuz investigatyun’ t’incident,” Simonton set n’ a statement. “Baset un thems pri'r conversayshuns un’ out of un abundance of caushun, las week State’s Atterney Foxx deecidet ta remoov herself frum t’deecishun makin n’ thishere matt’r un’ delegatid it ta hern Furst Assistant Joseph Magats, a 28-year veterun proseecut'r.”

N’ a lengthy interview wiff “Good Monin’ Amurka” las week, Smollett tole Robin Roberts at he bleevd t’lett’r wuz linket ta t’alleget uhtack.

He set t’lett’r “had a stick figg'r hangin frum a tree wiff a gun pointyun’ terds it wiff t’wurds at set ‘Smollett, Jussie y’all will die,’ ” he set, addyun’ at n’ t’return address area wuz simply listid as set “MAGA.”

T’ ackt'r has muntunet at he wuz attacket n’ Chicago n’ t’early hours of Jun. 29 by acoupla masket menfolk who hollerd “racial un’ homofobic slurs.” Pleece set Smollett describet t’assailants punchyun’ ‘im n’ t’face, parin\, a chemical un ‘im un’ wrappyun’ a rope roun his'n’n nek.

Las week, a pair of bruthers of Nigeriun dessent n’ thar late 20s who reside n’ Chicago tole detectives at thay wuz paid ta stage t’uhtack, a perse familiar wiff t’investigashun but nairy autherizet ta speek publicly tole USA TODAY.

Pleece also foun recerds n’ t’Chicago trayl'r of one of t’menfolk at showd thay purchaset rope frum a hardware stere at wuz uset n’ t’alleget uhtack, t’serce set.

T’ bruthers wuz releeset Frydee wiff pleece cityun’ new evidance n’ t’case. Thay wuz nairy charget. Pleece spokesmun Tom Ahern set t’bruthers met wiff pleece un’ proseecuters Tuesdee. Thay did nairy testify befer a grun jury. 

N’ a statement issuet late Saturdee, t’ackt'r’s atterneys, Todd Pugh un’ Vict'r P. Hederse, confirmet ta USA TODAY at t’star knew t’bruthers un’ employet one as his'n’n personal trun’r. 

Smollett wuz “cantank'r’d un’ devastatid by resent reperts at t’perpetraters air individuals he is familiar wiff,” his'n’n atterneys set n’ a statement.

Pugh un’ Hederse addet, “He has bee futh'r victimizet by claims attributid ta these alleget perpetraters at Jussie playd a role n’ his'n’n own uhtack. Nuthin is futh'r frum t’ruth  un’ innyone claimin otherwise is lyin.”

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video-desc” itemperp=”descripshun”>Wile acceptyun’ t’award f'r favert rap/hip-hop artist, Cardi B sez she had ta proov ta people at she could make it aft’r a’havin a youngn. USA TODAY

Cardi B feels purtee strongly about t’gummint shutdown un’ Presdint Donald Trumb’s proposet berd’r wall. So she wasn’t a’havin inny of it we Fox Nashun host Tomi Lahre mocket t’rapp’r as “t’ latest genius politickull mind ta enderse t’Demokrats” un Twitt’r.

“Leeve me alone I will dawg walk y’all,” t’syun'’r shot back Sundy.

“I’m shure y’all would,” Lahre repliet. “Still doesn’t make y'r politickull ramblyun’ inny less meronic,” addyun’ t’hashtag #BuiltThatWall.

T’ fun startid las Winsdee we Cardi wint un a tear un Instagram, denouncyun’ Trumb f'r orderyun’ fedral gummint employees back ta wurk without pay, amungst ‘um IRS agants un’ FAA un’ FDA safetee inspecters.

“Air kuntry is n’ a hellhole rite nawh,” she lamantid n’ a video. “All f'r a (expletif’) wall. … Thishere is crazy.”

By Saturdee, she had dublet down un hern complunts, a’layin blame un thems who back t’presdint n’ his'n’n effurt ta git congressyunal fundyun’ f'r a wall twee t’Unitid States un’ Maxico.

“All y’all Trumb supperters should wurk f'r a’a'loose wile t’gummint is shut down ta shoe y'r suppert,” she wrote.

At sum point th’reeft’r, Cardi cawt wind of Lahre’s commints, promptyun’ t’rapp’r’s rebuke, which is slang f'r a beetdown.

“Y’all’re so blindet wiff racism at y’all don’t eve reelize t’decisyuns t’presdint y’all root f'r is destroyyun’ t’kuntry y’all claim ta luv so much,” Cardi kuntinuet. “Y’all air a purrfeck eggzample un no matt’r hoe eddicatid ow smart y’all reckun y’all air y’all still a SHEEP!”

It only gut messi’r frum thar, we Demokratic congresswumun Alaxun’ria Ocasio-Certez of New York enteret t’fray un’ Lahre respondet: “I do fully acknowledge @iamcardib is smart’r thun Y’all.”

Read t’whole unpleesant exchange here un’ here.

T’ gummint shutdown, officially t’longest n’ U.S. histry, is nawh un Day 30. Las week, Trumb sinet legislayshun guaranteeyun’ at furloughet wurkers will be paid retroactively, tho it’s uncle'r we.

T’ shutdown wuz triggeret by a fite twee Trumb un’ congressyunal Demokrats ov’r fundyun’ f'r a wall along t’berd’r. Trumb wonts $5.7 billyun ta build t’structure, but Demokrats say a wall would be costly, ineffectif’ un’, accerdyun’ ta Trayl'r Speek’r Nancy Pelosi, un “immeralitee.”

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Samuel L. Jackse un’ Bruce Willis’ characters frum “Unbreekabull” meet James McAvoy’s frum “Split” n’ t’M. Nite Shyamalun thrill’r “Glass.” USA TODAY

NEW YORK – M. Nite Shyamalun sceret his'n’n fifth No. 1 moovee pitshure shue as “Glass,” wile nairy quite t’blockbust’r sum specktid, nevertheless dominatid Martin Luth’r Kyun’ Jr. weekend at t’box offus wiff $40.6 million n’ ticket sales.

Universal Pictures predicts at “Glass” will make about $47 million f'r t’f'r-day holiday. Sum industry ferecasts had gone as high as $75 million. But po’revus took sum of t’momantum away frum “Glass,” t’dierekter’s final entry n’ a trilogy begun wiff 2000’s “Unbreekabull” un’ fallerd up wiff 2017’s “Split.”

Shyamalun’s film registeret a 35 persent “fresh” ratyun’ un Rotte Maters. Audiences also gave it a mediocre B un CinemaScere.

Yet t’result still provet t’renewet draw of Shyamalun, t’“Sixth Sense” filmmak’r synonymyus wiff supernatural thrillers un’ unpredictabull plot twists.

“Split,” which greetly overshot expectatyuns wiff a $40 million openyun’ un’ $278.5 million werltwide, signalet Shyamalun’s return as a box-offus ferce, nawh teemet up wiff h'rr'r factery Blumhouse Productyuns. Shyamalun put up t’film’s apperximately $20 million budget.

Jim Orr, presdint of domestic distribushun f'r Universal, sez ferecasts f'r “Glass” wuz out of whack wiff t’studio’s own expectatyuns. He acknowledges at bett’r revus mite have meent a larg’r return un’ at t’wint’r sterm across t’Midwest un’ Nerthees may have dampenet results.

Spoilers! M. Nite Shyamalun decodes t’big reveels n’ ‘Unbreekabull’ finale ‘Glass’

Ranket: Ev'r M. Nite Shyamalun moovee pitshure shue (includin ‘Glass’), frum wurse ta bes

But he sez t’studio wuz thrillet wiff t’results. T’ f'r-day total ranks “Glass” as t’hurd bes MLK weekend openyun’ ev’r, behin only “Amurkin Snip’r” ($107.2 million) un’ “Ride Along” ($48.6 million). “Glass” also pickt up $48.5 million oversees.

“Thishere kum n’ at ow above inny reesonabull industry expectatyuns,” Orr sez.

Las week’s top film, Kevin Hart’s “T’ Upside,” helt speshly well n’ its sekunt weekend, slidyun’ only 23 persent wiff $15.7 million. STX Entertunment estimatid it will take $19.5 million f'r t’f'r-day period, offerin futh'r proof at Hart’s fallout as Oscar host ov’r pas homofobic tweets hasn’t hurt his'n’n box-offus appeel.

But t’weekend’s biggest sprize wuz t’Japanese anime film “Dragon Ball Sup’r: Broly,” which earnt un estimatid $8.7 million frum jes 1,250 Nerth Amurkin theeters, accerdyun’ ta Comscere, un’ $19.5 million since openyun’ Winsdee. (It grosset m'r thun $7 million jes un openyun’ day.) 

T’ result cawt Hollywuod off gard, promptyun’ minny a ta wund'r: Jes whut is Dragon Ball? And who is Broly? (A nuttee anime series creetid by Akira Teriyama, un’ t’film’s warri'r antagonist, respectively.)

“T’ enthusiasm f'r thishere moovee pitshure shue wuz certunly reflecktid n’ these much bigg’r thun specktid numbers f'r a title at I don’t reckun innyone wuz at aware of, uth'r thun t’rue fans,” sez Paul Dergarabediun, seeny'r media analyst f'r Comscere. “If'n’n y’all as t’avridge moviego’r if'n’n thay’ve ev’r heerd tell of ‘Dragon Ball Sup’r: Broly,’ thay’d have absolutely no idee whut y’all’re a’talkin about.”

Shyamalun un’ Broly could do only so much f'r t’overall marketplace. Uth'r studios helt back new wide releeses ta avoid goin het-ta-het wiff “Glass.” T’ box offus wuz down 18.4 persent frum t’same weekend las year we “Jumanji: Welcum t’Jungle” wuz still packyun’ theeters.

Roundyun’ out t’res of t’op fife: DC Comics’ Jase Momoa epic “Akwamun” finisht thurd wiff $10.3 million un’ t’animatid superhero tale “Spid’r-Mun: Into t’Spid’r-Verse” wuz fifth wiff $7.3 million.

Final numbers air specktid Tuesdee.

Contributyun’: Kim Willis

 

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Justin Timberlake visits kids n’ hospital aft’r thar viral “A’ke”t Stop t’A’feelin” video

Kids n’ a Sun Antonio youngns”s hospital wint viral wiff thar video of Justin Timberlake”s “A’ke”t Stop t’A’feelin.” So t’star poppet by ta visit.

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Thishere granny”s reecshun ta Justin Timberlake tickets wint viral aft’r Eas’r. Nawh she”s met t’superstar un’ stole t’shoe, oncet agin. Humankind, USA Today

Good guy Justin Timberlake poppet by a Taxas youngns”s hospital Frydee ta sprize a bunch of yung patyints/fans.

T’ pop star wuz n’ Sun Antonio, whar he wuz preppyun’ f'r his'n’n shoe Saturdee, we he deecidet ta visit patyints at HCA Heelthcare”s Methodist Youngns”s Hospital. He wint frum room ta room, shakyun’ hun’s un’ posyun’ f'r photos wiff t’kids un’ thar famblies.

Befer his'n’n visit, t’youngns wint viral wiff thar video showyun’ ‘um dancyun’ ta his'n’n hit sangle “A’ke”t Stop t’A’feelin,” sum of ‘um boogieyun’ n’ thar hospital beds un’ holtin up signs at read “JT see me!” 

It isn”t t’furst time Timberlake, 37, has sprizet patyints n’ t’hospital: Las May, he vistid survivers of t’Santa Fe High Skool shootin at Clar Lake Medicull Cant’r un’ wore a “Santa Fe Strong” T-shirt at at nite”s shoe.

Las year”s Sup’r Bowl halftime heedlin’r resantly resumet his'n’n Mun of t’Woods ture aft’r cancelyun’ a numb’r of dates und’r doct'r”s orders becawz of  

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Megyn Kelly’s hour of “Today” wuz cancelet amidst t’host’s controvershul commints about blackface. Wochit

Megyn Kelly’s ol’ boss, chief of NBCUniversal Steve Burke, admits t’ ferm’r Fox Noose staff’r wuz a po’fit f'r t’9 a.m. “Today” time slot. 

T’ exec spoke wiff “Varietee” f'r a peece at publishet online Mundie, three days aft’r she finalizet hern exit deel. T’ trade magazine un’ CNN repert t’netwerk will pay Kelly t’remunyun’ pershun of hern contrack, repertedly roun $30 million.

“Noose organizatyuns like ourn should take risks,” stresset Burke, who takes credik f'r hiryun’ Kelly. “I wint ov’r un’ tole (Kelly) she should come here.” 

“Megyn Kelly wuz a huge talent,” he reesonet. “She wuz at t’rong time of day (un NBC). N’ hindsiite, we shoultn’t have done it.”

Kelly’s monin’ program wuz cancelet n’ Octob’r aft’r its host defendet blackface as part of Hallowee dress-up.

Burke also reflecktid un t’Novemb’r 2017 firyun’ of longtime “Today” anch'r Matt Lau’r, f'r “inapperpriate saxual behavi'r,” wile defendyun’ NBC Noose chairmun Andy Lack.

“I’m 100 persent behin Andy,” Burke emfasizet ta Varietee. “Matt Lau’r wuz a grenade at we didn’t knoe wuz a grenade.

“I wuz here seve yeers,” he kuntinuet, “un’ I thunk Matt Lau’r wuz t’greetest int’rview’r n’ noose.”

Lack und’r fire: Aft’r Lau’r skun’al, NBC Noose chief faces questchuns about a netwerk n’ crisis

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M'r: A year aft’r Matt Lau’r firyun’, ex-repert’r calls out NBC. Comcas sez she’s rong.

 

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Megyn Kelly’s hour of “Today” wuz cancelet amidst t’host’s controvershul commints about blackface. Wochit

Megyn Kelly’s ol’ boss, chief of NBCUniversal Steve Burke, admits t’ ferm’r Fox Noose staff’r wuz a po’fit f'r t’9 a.m. “Today” time slot. 

T’ exec spoke wiff “Varietee” f'r a peece at publishet online Mundie, three days aft’r she finalizet hern exit deel. T’ trade magazine un’ CNN repert t’netwerk will pay Kelly t’remunyun’ pershun of hern contrack, repertedly roun $30 million.

“Noose organizatyuns like ourn should take risks,” stresset Burke, who takes credik f'r hiryun’ Kelly. “I wint ov’r un’ tole (Kelly) she should come here.” 

“Megyn Kelly wuz a huge talent,” he reesonet. “She wuz at t’rong time of day (un NBC). N’ hindsiite, we shoultn’t have done it.”

Kelly’s monin’ program wuz cancelet n’ Octob’r aft’r its host defendet blackface as part of Hallowee dress-up.

Burke also reflecktid un t’Novemb’r 2017 firyun’ of longtime “Today” anch'r Matt Lau’r, f'r “inapperpriate saxual behavi'r,” wile defendyun’ NBC Noose chairmun Andy Lack.

“I’m 100 persent behin Andy,” Burke emfasizet ta Varietee. “Matt Lau’r wuz a grenade at we didn’t knoe wuz a grenade.

“I wuz here seve yeers,” he kuntinuet, “un’ I thunk Matt Lau’r wuz t’greetest int’rview’r n’ noose.”

Lack und’r fire: Aft’r Lau’r skun’al, NBC Noose chief faces questchuns about a netwerk n’ crisis

M'r: ‘Today’ 9 a.m. anchers celebrate move back ta originull studio aft’r ‘Megyn Kelly’ exit

M'r: Megyn Kelly is officially out at NBC; whut will hern nex move be?

M'r: A year aft’r Matt Lau’r firyun’, ex-repert’r calls out NBC. Comcas sez she’s rong.

 

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Kate Hudse is jes like minny a nursin moms returnyun’ back ta hern daily routine aft’r givin birth — she’s a’trine ta figg'r out t’purrfeck balance twee breestfeedyun’ un’ wurk.

Hudse gave birth ta hern thurd youngn, Rani Rose, n’ early Octob’r.

N’ un interview wiff Today, t’mom of three opend up about bein namet t’new global ambassad'r f'r WW (fermerly knowet as Wate Watchers), hern heelth un’ breestfeedyun’.

“I’m a’trine ta figg'r out hoe ta balance t’breestfeedyun’ un’ t’wurk,” set Hudse. 

Savannah Guthrie chimet n’ un’ set she understun’s at minny a moms goes through thishere tricky balancyun’ ack.

“Eve moms at have multiple kids, it’s jes hard,” Hudse repliet. “I meun it’s jes hard — un’ t’pumpyun’ — look I have one frie who’s like a milk machine. I wish I wuz a milk machine, I’m nairy. I neet ta pump.”

It seems like t’Oscar-nominatid actress is hun’lyun’ it well tho as she sharet at she wuz “pump reddy” wiff hern soshul media followers. Hudse uploadet a photo of herself loungyun’ n’ a chair wiff a brees-pump poke beside hern.

T’ 39-year-ol’ actress also splunet at hern reesen f'r a’wantin ta be heelthy as t’new global ambassad'r f'r WW wuz hern kids un’ hern fambly.

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