Attorney for brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett case says they were ‘betrayed’ by the celebrity

(CNN)Two brothers who authorities said took part in a staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett were “betrayed” by the celebrity, their attorney told CNN on Monday. She added: “We’ve seen a lot of stories in the news where celebrities think they might be above the law. It’s just not the case.”

Big Bang idol Seungri quits K-pop as he becomes a suspect in prostitution investigation

(CNN)One of K-pop’s biggest idols has dramatically quit the entertainment industry after it emerged he is being investigated on suspicion of violating South Korea’s prostitution law. But in recent months a scandal dogging the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul, which Seungri sat on the board of, had put that reputation in danger. It had also caused some to question how clean-cut K-pop idols really are. Illicit spy cam cases skyrocket in South Korea Celebrities caught with even small amounts of marijuana can find themselves suspended by labels or forced to make public apologies. “Scandals involving drinking, drugs or even dating not only make waves in the entertainment news section but also the finance news section,” Bernie Cho, a Korean music …

Jussie Smollett paid $3,500 to stage his attack, hoping to promote his career, police allege

Chicago (CNN)Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an attack on him last month, taking “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson alleged Thursday. The “Empire” actor was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of filing a false report about the January 29 incident and appeared in court in the afternoon. He paid a bond later and was released. Smollett then went to work on the “Empire” set to shoot some scenes, CNN contributor Nichelle Turner said. The company behind “Empire,” 20th Century Fox Television, has previously backed the actor. On Thursday, it said it was “evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.” Rush to judgment in the …