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"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett had a noose-like rope tied around his neck when he told police officers about an alleged attack in Chicago by men wearing ski masks, shouting racial and homophobic slurs, and claiming "This is MAGA country." But over the last three weeks, those claims have crumbled under police and media scrutiny.

Today, Smollett has been arrested and charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, allegedly because he was "dissatisfied with his salary" on the show.

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Dr. Phil Guest Sues Over Public Humiliation, Mental Breakdown

Generally speaking, people go on talk shows -- particularly ones like Dr. Phil or Maury Povich -- knowing that they'll be sharing some personal information. But, one guest on the Dr. Phil show claims that she agreed to appear on the show after being misled about the topic of conversation. In fact, she's suing Dr. Phil for publicly humiliating her, which she says resulted in her suffering a mental breakdown.

Gwyneth Paltrow Sued for $3.1 M Over 'Hit and Run' Ski Accident on Park City Slopes

Hopefully Gwyneth Paltrow got a season's pass with her attorney because she has just been hit with another lawsuit just six months after settling her Goop brand vaginal eggs case. This one, brought by Terry Sanderson, alleges that back in February of 2016, Paltrow skied into him at the swank Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. They both fell, and she subsequently skied off with her instructor, without rendering aid or exchanging information.

The plaintiff claims Paltrow left him "stunned, lying in the snow, seriously injured," according to his lawsuit. Also named as defendants are Paltrow's ski instructor, the Deer Valley Resort Company, and two unnamed resort employees who were with Paltrow's group at the time of the collision.

"The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim," according to Chicago Police. The attackers, allegedly two white men in ski masks, gained the victim's attention "by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him," including, "Aren't you that f****t Empire n****r?" and "This is MAGA country."

"At some point during the incident," per a police statement, "one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim's neck."

Empire actor Jussie Smollett still had a noose around his neck when police got to his apartment to speak with him after he was allegedly attacked in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago late Monday night. Law enforcement is investigating the attack as a hate crime.

Nelly Seeks Dismissal of Sex Assault Lawsuit

A British woman, identified only as "Jane Doe," sued Nelly in a U.S. federal court for alleged sexual assault transpiring in England back in December of 2017. The rapper is now asking for the case to be dismissed.

According to Nelly's attorney, he hasn't been criminally charged in England, he denies the allegation, and it is fundamentally unfair for the plaintiff to remain anonymous and "avoid public scrutiny." Nelly was able to dismiss a similar sexual assault lawsuit charge stemming from an incident on his tour bus in Seattle back in September of 2018, though there was an out of court settlement there. Perhaps Nelly thinks he's on a roll. But the law may not be on his side on this one.

Director Bryan Singer Faces Sexual Assault Allegations

Bryan Singer, the terminated director of the two-time Golden Globe winner Bohemian Rhapsody, has been publicly accused of sexual assault and misconduct in a recent article published in The Atlantic. The article claims that Singer sexually assaulted three males, two of whom were underaged and one not sure of his age at the time of the incident. Singer categorically denies these allegations, and claims that one of the authors of The Atlantic article has a weird obsession for him, and is also homophobic.

Top 3 Lawsuits From the Fyre Festival

Recently, both Netflix and Hulu released documentaries on the hellish Fyre Festival. To refresh your recollection, that was the music festival in the Bahamas back in the Spring of 2017 for the beautiful people and Instagram influencers.

Everything that was supposed to go down never did for the people that bought $12,000 VIP tickets for an all-inclusive, luxury music festival. Guests were promised deluxe accommodations, but got glorified tents, some not even pitched. There were few outhouses, and even less water. Bands bailed out. Transportation was subpar. Hundreds of concert goers were stranded as they tried to flee the chaos. Here are three top legal stories stemming from the fiasco.

Beyonc� Drops Suit Over Unauthorized 'Feyonce' Merch

Beyonc� has voluntarily dropped her lawsuit against Feyonce Inc., a Texas company that was selling unauthorized Beyonc�-related merchandise under its company label, targeting engaged couples. The mega star's lawsuit, filed in 2016, had listed claims such as willfully engaging in trademark infringement, unfair competition, and trademark dilution, among others, seeking unspecified damages. It is unclear whether a settlement was reached, or if the lawsuit was just dropped.

Mariah Carey Blackmailed for $8M, Lawsuit Claims

Mariah Carey, a self proclaimed diva in the pop music world, has decided enough is enough, and has sued her former personal assistant for a host of bad deeds in Los Angeles Superior Court, including blackmail.

Lianna Shakhnazarian, also knows as Lianna Azarian, was Carey's assistant from 2015 until November 2017. During that time, according to Carey, Azarian stole money, furniture, and clothes from her, and created unauthorized videos of Carey. The pop star further claims Azarian said if she were every fired, she'd extort Carey with the videos for $8 million. Azarian clapped back, filing a lawsuit of her own that same day against Carey's management team for harassment, claiming a hostile work environment.