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Jussie Smollett Snubs Chicago Authorities, Legal Fight to Come

Smollett’s unwillingness to atone for his hoax could cost him a whole lot more than the $130K Chicago was asking for.

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Jussie Smollett’s heinous hate hoax hassle isn’t over yet…not by a long shot.

The Empire actor was found to have committed a vile and ridiculous hoaxed hate crime against himself by the Chicago police; a scam in which the actor paid two on-set extras to commit the “attack”, all for the sake of raising Smollett’s public persona, thus allowing the hoaxer to demand a raise in Hollywood.

It was sleazy at best and undoubtedly inexcusable.  That’s why authorities in The Windy City took it upon themselves to demand that Smollett recoup the police force’s expenses in investigating the nonsense to the tune of $130,000.

The deadline for Smollett to comply with the order has come and gone, with the actor simply ignoring it.

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Now, a lengthy legal fight will ensue.

With the passing this evening of a deadline set by out-going Mayor Rahm Emanuelfor Smollett to repay the Windy City $130,000 for the costs of the investigation into the alleged attack against him, Chicago is going to sue the actor.

“Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019, a spokesperson of the Midwestern metropolis said Thursday as it became EOD in Chicago. “The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett’s L.A. based legal team.”

Under Chicago law, the amount to be sought from Smollett can now be raised to nearly $400,000, due to the actor’s unwillingness to cooperate with the first request.

 

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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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