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Jussie Smollett Gets More Bad News from Windy City Amid Hate Hoax Scandal

Smollett was hoping that his victimhood would help him get a raise in Hollywood. Now, his preferential treatment has Americans, and the City of Chicago, furious.

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The long and arduous tale of Jussie Smollett continues to twist and turn throughout 2019.

Of course, all of this attention is precisely what Smollett was looking for when he allegedly hired two on-set extras from Empire to stage a hate crime against him.  Smollett, according to Chicago police who investigated the crime, was hoping that this victimhood would be an asset to his agents in asking for higher paying acting gigs in the future.

In other words, Smollett was attempting to manufacture something interesting about himself, and add depth to his public persona by pretending to have been the victim of a hate crime.  This is about as low as one can sink, Hollywood or otherwise, and the American people were furious.

And, to be fair, the City of Chicago was far more livid after prosecutors inexplicably let Smollett off the hook.  Now, after refusing to meet Chicago’s demands to reimburse them for the expensive investigation into these crimes, (both the hoax and the sleazy coverup), Smollett will be headed to court.

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Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett on Thursday in a bid to recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say was orchestrated by the “Empire” actor as a publicity stunt, with the city saying — at minimum — that it now wants triple the amount it initially asked Smollett to pay.

The 12-page civil lawsuit , filed in Cook County court, is the latest volley in a legal battle that shows no signs of abating since Smollett reported that masked men beat him up on Jan. 29 in Chicago, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck.

The suit comes after Smollett refused a demand that he send the city $130,106 to reimburse Chicago for overtime as police sought to verify Smollett’s account.

Now that Smollett has refused to honor the $130,000 demand, Chicago will be seeking a much larger amount:  At least $390,000, according to the lawsuit.

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Search Warrant in Baldwin Shooting Reveals Blatant Negligence

This is unconscionable.

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Any time that someone dies on a movie set, you have to know that something has gone terribly, unforgivably wrong.

These sets are microcosms of the work of enormous and wealthy companies who are lawyered up to the gills, wading around in an industry where someone else’s misfortune is not to be squandered by the competition.

Nothing should ever go wrong on a movie set, if not for these simple facts alone.

That is why the latest details in the shooting death of a cinematographer last week are so damning.

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The crew member responsible for overall safety on the set of Rust has admitted he didn’t properly check the gun that Alec Baldwin fired on October 21 and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

“During an interview with David Halls, when Affiant asked David about the safety protocol on set in regards to firearms, he advised, ‘I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there’s no live fire, she [Hannah] opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say cold gun on set,’” reveals an affidavit successfully submitted by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office for a new search warrant issued today (read the search warrant here).

“David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds,” the filing adds, noting the interaction that afternoon last week between the First AD and armorer Hannah Gutierrez.

And then…

“He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,” the affidavit bluntly states of the crew member who has emerged at the core of this tragedy.

No charges have yet to be filed in response to the incident, but prosecutors have made it very clear that they haven’t ruled it out.

Any time that someone dies on a movie set, you have to know that something has gone terribly, unforgivably wrong. These sets are microcosms of the work of enormous and wealthy companies who are lawyered up to the gills, wading around in an industry where someone else’s misfortune is not to be squandered by the competition. Nothing should ever go wrong on a movie set, if not for these simple facts alone. That is why the latest details in the shooting death of a cinematographer last week are so damning. The crew member responsible for overall safety on the set of Rust has admitted he didn’t properly check the gun that Alec Baldwin fired on October 21 and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. “During an interview with David Halls, when Affiant asked David about the safety protocol on set in regards to firearms, he advised, ‘I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there’s no live fire, she [Hannah] opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say cold gun on set,’” reveals an affidavit successfully submitted by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office for a new search warrant issued today (read the search warrant here). “David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds,” the filing adds, noting the interaction that afternoon last week between the First AD and armorer Hannah Gutierrez. And then… “He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,” the affidavit bluntly states of the crew member who has emerged at the core of this tragedy. No charges have yet to be filed in response to the incident, but prosecutors have made it very clear that they haven’t ruled it out.

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Disturbing New Details in Baldwin Shooting: ‘Leisure’ Target Practice Preceded Deadly Event

The negligence here appears to be astounding.

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For days now, Hollywood and the relevant authorities have been attempting to get to the bottom of a deadly incident in which a “prop” gun, accidentally discharged by Alec Baldwin, killed a cinematographer and wounded others on the set of his new film.

The gun, which was meant to be loaded with either dummy charges or blanks, appears to have been improperly prepared by staff on the set, with Baldwin simply rehearsing the act of drawing the weapon when it went off.

There are new reports that the weapon in question was used for “leisure” shooting earlier that day, with live ammunition.

Crew members on the movie “Rust” reportedly used the firearm involved in the death of Halyna Hutchins the morning of the fatal accident.

According to a search warrant executed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office, obtained by Fox News, armorer Hanna Gutierrez Reed handled the prop gun, leaving it among others on a cart outside the set location they were filming. Assistant director Dave Halls then retrieved the gun and handed it to actor Alec Baldwin announcing that it was a “cold gun,” a term used to indicate that a prop gun is safe to handle and not loaded with live ammunition.

However, somewhere along the line, there was a miscommunication and a live round was put in the weapon that discharged when Baldwin pulled the trigger, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. TMZ previously speculated, after sources close to the set reported that the guns were sometimes used for off-time target practice, that the hobby contributed to the live-round mixup.

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It appears that this may have been more than speculation.

Now, according to a report from TheWrap, unnamed crew members have stated that the firearm handled by Gutierrez Reed, Halls and Baldwin was used earlier that same day to go “plinking,” a hobby in which people shoot at beer cans with live ammunition for fun.

The news comes amid a flurry of speculation over the culpability of Baldwin in the incident, not necessarily in a criminal manner, but perhaps in a civil situation given that he is involved with the production of the film.

For days now, Hollywood and the relevant authorities have been attempting to get to the bottom of a deadly incident in which a “prop” gun, accidentally discharged by Alec Baldwin, killed a cinematographer and wounded others on the set of his new film. The gun, which was meant to be loaded with either dummy charges or blanks, appears to have been improperly prepared by staff on the set, with Baldwin simply rehearsing the act of drawing the weapon when it went off. There are new reports that the weapon in question was used for “leisure” shooting earlier that day, with live ammunition. Crew members on the movie “Rust” reportedly used the firearm involved in the death of Halyna Hutchins the morning of the fatal accident. According to a search warrant executed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office, obtained by Fox News, armorer Hanna Gutierrez Reed handled the prop gun, leaving it among others on a cart outside the set location they were filming. Assistant director Dave Halls then retrieved the gun and handed it to actor Alec Baldwin announcing that it was a “cold gun,” a term used to indicate that a prop gun is safe to handle and not loaded with live ammunition. However, somewhere along the line, there was a miscommunication and a live round was put in the weapon that discharged when Baldwin pulled the trigger, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. TMZ previously speculated, after sources close to the set reported that the guns were sometimes used for off-time target practice, that the hobby contributed to the live-round mixup. It appears that this may have been more than speculation. Now, according to a report from TheWrap, unnamed crew members have stated that the firearm handled by Gutierrez Reed, Halls and Baldwin was used earlier…

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