Empire actor Bryshere Gray was arrested for domestic violence following a confrontation with police at his Arizona home.
Gray, who played Hakeem Lyon in the Fox TV series, was arrested at around 7 a.m. on Monday at his home in Goodyear, Arizona, where he barricaded himself overnight.
The incident began around 10:15 p.m. when police were called to a Circle K gas station in Goodyear to assist a woman.
Empire actor Bryshere Gray was arrested on Monday morning. He is represented here on his mugshot (left) and his reservation photo (right)
The woman reported a passerby at another gas station, saying “that she had been attacked at her Goodyear home in the past few hours by her husband,” according to the police report obtained by Fox 10.
The passer-by then drove the unnamed woman to Circle K and called 911, when the woman identified Gray as her husband.
Police said the woman had multiple visible wounds on the body and said that Gray strangled her at one point, which temporarily caused her to lose consciousness.
The woman was taken to hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.
Gray (right) played Hakeem Lyon in the Fox Empire series. He is pictured with teammate Jussie Smollett (left), who faces his own charges related to an alleged attack in Chicago
Gray (pictured in 2018, left and 2017, right) was arrested after his wife told police that he had assaulted her for hours and strangled her until she lost temporarily knowledge
Gray barricaded himself inside his house (photo) when the police arrived to speak to him. He went to the police the next morning at 7 a.m. and was arrested
Arriving at their home later, police said Gray had refused to leave the property and barricaded himself inside.
Between the barricade situation and the possible charge of domestic violence, police called Goodyear SWAT and Crisis Negotiations at the scene, AZ Family reported.
Gray barricaded himself in the house overnight, finally surrendering to the authorities without incident around 7 a.m. Monday.
Gray was later arrested and sentenced to prison.
He was placed in police custody and incarcerated in the county prison of Maricopa.
Gray is now facing charges of assault (domestic violence), aggravated assault (strangulation) and disorderly conduct.
After discharge from hospital, Gray’s wife is assisted by Goodyear detectives and a victim advocate, AZ Family reported.
Gray is not the only actor in Empire facing legal problems today.
Co-star Jussie Smollett has been charged with several crimes related to the alleged pretense of being the victim of a hate crime while living in Chicago in February 2019.
Smollett filed a police report claiming that he was attacked by two men as he walked the street late at night, who used racist and homophobic insults while assaulting him. He then said that they tied a rope around his neck and sprayed bleach on him.
After an investigation, police said the Smollett’s attackers were in fact two Nigerian brothers whom the actor had paid to attack him in order to raise his profile and the salary of his television series.
In February 2020, a grand jury charged Smollett with six counts of disorderly conduct related to four false reports he had given to the police about the alleged attack.
The city of Chicago is also suing Smollett for $ 130,000 in overtime that was paid to officers who investigated the alleged attack.
Smollett claimed innocence of the charges and prosecuted Chicago for malicious prosecution in the fall of 2019.