It was previously reported,Jussie Smollett wanted the lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court.
The motion filed Wednesday and released to the media by Smollett’s representatives comes after the city sued the actor in April for the cost of investigating his allegations that he was a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.
This week Jazz and Jake Smollett give an update status on Jussie in an interview with People TV.
Jazz says, “He’s doing well. He’s fine. He is strong. He’s still thriving. You know and he’s still standing in his truth. Thank you for asking.”
What is next for Jussie’s career move?
Jazz responds, “He’s got a lot in the works. There’s some stuff to come.”
They also reveal how their family has been impacted since their brother Jussie’s scandal.
According to a TMZ reports, Kanye West told Kardashian to reach out to her White House connections over Rocky’s widely condemned holding. This reaching out, the report suggested, was met with agreement that Rocky was being treated unfairly overseas and assistance was needed.
Earlier this week, Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Congressional Black Caucus members spoke on the involvement of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a figure in the current administration who they argue could be doing more for Rocky and the two other men currently locked up in Sweden.
“We are calling on Secretary Pompeo to do more,” Espaillat said, perABC News. “This is not enough. It is unconscionable that young men that are doing well, they are on the right track in life, they’re very successful, they’re icons in the hip-hop community, are treated under these inhuman conditions.”
According to reports, The R&B star was arrested last week in Chicago and hit with 18 charges in two cities, a 13-count indictment in Chicago and a five-count indictment New York. Kelly has not yet faced a judge on the New York charges.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull said Kelly is a flight risk who could tamper with witnesses.
“The risk for obstruction is real and ongoing,” Krull told U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber, arguing that “no release conditions can mitigate these dangers.”
Leinenweber said charges against Kelly are so serious, they require a presumption of detention.
After the hearing, defense lawyer Steven Greenberg insisted his client is not a flight risk, saying he’s never missed a court date and doesn’t even hold a passport.
“Obviously we’re disappointed the judge wouldn’t let him out today,” Greenberg told reporters. “We thought we’d get him out but the judge saw it otherwise and we respect his ruling.”
The singer is being kept apart from the rest of the jail population.
“He’s in 24-a-day solitary confinement essentially, it’s the hole,” Greenberg said. “Because that’s the safest place for them to house him, it’s not his fault, no TV, no anything, no contact with other people. It’s largely inhumane. “
Kelly, already facing state sexual abuse charges in Illinois, allegedly took underage girls across state lines for sex, according to the federal indictments unsealed in New York and Chicago on Friday.
Two women who have said they are living with Kelly attended his arraignment Tuesday and sat in the front row. Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage have defended Kelly in the past from accusations that they have been brainwashed.
Savage and Clary sat in the front row, along with some of Kelly’s friends and family. They left the courthouse arm-in-arm and declined to answer questions from reporters.
“These young women have been traumatized and brainwashed for years. It is going to take them a while to realize how they have been victimized and what the truth really is,” lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is representing Clary’s parents, said.
Over the weekend, The girlfriends of R. Kelly not only lost their famous boyfriend, they also lost his luxurious amenities after they were evicted from his residence following the federal indictment.
Sources close to Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary tell The Blast they were booted out of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and the residence has been taken over by federal officials.
A rep for Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary tells TMZ ... the women were sitting comfortably in R. Kelly’s Chicago apartment inside Trump Tower on Sunday afternoon when they recorded this video … addressing claims they’d been evicted from the premises following Kelly’s arrest for 2 federal indictments.
In the clip — obtained by TMZ — Azriel does most of the talking and says they’re fine and dandy, and living comfortably inside R. Kelly’s pad.
They even give a glimpse of the view from the high-rise, showing off the Chicago skyline. Azriel says they’re at the “Trump” … and adds it’s the same place they’ve been for years.
However, she insists they move freely and come and go as they like, attempting to knock down the notion they’re being held against their will. This part seems to be a direct message to their parents — who’ve been vocally and publicly concerned for years now.
They go on to thank R. Kelly’s fans for the ongoing support amid his new legal battles.
Soulja Boy rapper was released from a Los Angeles jail on Sunday just before 2 a.m., records show, after serving a little more than three months behind bars for a probation violation. He was originally sentenced to 240 days, and was freed almost five months early due to good behavior, time served and overcrowding. (TMZ)
Soulja was arrested in March for allegedly having firearms and ammunition, and a judge also said he failed to complete his court-ordered community service. He was jailed a month later for violating his probation. At the time, a court spokesperson said the rapper would have to complete 225 days of community service, having already completed 40 days.
“Enablers” and former employees reportedly handed over more than 20 videos of the disgraced R&B singer having sex with underage girls, according to TMZ.
Gerald Griggs — who is the acting attorney for Joycelyn Savage’s family and others — allegedly revealed that feds in the Northern District of Illinois have the videos.
The tapes reportedly feature multiple victims and the evidence can help build the case the feds are currently building e against R. Kelly. The videos can help secure indictments for sex crimes the singer is being accused of.