Empire actor Bryshere Gray arrested, charged with assaulting wife


“Empire” actor Bryshere Gray was arrested Monday morning in Arizona and charged with assaulting his wife and refusing to speak to the police for hours, authorities said.

Gray, 26, was arrested at 7 a.m. by officers from suburban Phoenix in Goodyear, about nine hours after authorities answered his wife’s 911 call, police said in a statement.

After Gray refused to speak to the officers, a SWAT team and crisis negotiators were dispatched to help, police said. Gray was arrested without incident, the statement added.

According to prison records, he was arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer. A Gray representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gray, who played Hakeem Lyon on “Empire”, was born in Philadelphia and also rap under the name of “Yazz le grand”.

The show, which appeared on Fox for six seasons, was canceled after actor Jussie Smollett said last year that he had been the victim of a racially and politically motivated assault. Chicago authorities later charged Smollett with dishonesty for allegedly fabricating the story and filing a false police report.

These charges were later dropped, although Smollett was charged in February with six charges of disorderly conduct. Smollett denied the allegations and was pursuing malicious prosecution, although a judge dismissed the prosecution in April.


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