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"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.

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.

Actor Kevin Spacey appeared in Nantucket District Court this morning, and, while he didn't speak during the hearing, his lawyer entered a not guilty plea to one count of felony indecent assault and battery. Spacey has been accused of putting his hand down the pants of a then-18-year-old who was working at an upscale bar on the island in July 2016.

Along with the criminal charge, Spacey could be facing a civil lawsuit as well.

Scientology Defense Used in Smallville Cult Case

As if the Nxivm case couldn't get any stranger! Allison Mack, the Smallville actor who was charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy has come up with her defense, and it's based in Scientology.

Mack's attorney claims that blackmailing Nxivm members by threatening to expose nude photos and disparaging statements if they did not perform sexual services does not technically constitute "forced labor." The attorney's basis for this claim? A 2009 case involving the Church of Scientology, in which two members of the church unsuccessfully sued for forced labor.

Chris Brown Charged for Owning Pet Monkeys

Chris Brown is in some serious trouble. This ain't no monkey business! The rap star was charged with two counts of having a restricted species without a permit, and faces six months in jail. CB must not have been able to resist posting an adorable video of his daughter, Royalty, with alleged pet capuchin monkey, Fiji, back in December of 2017. Brown's defense? It's not his monkey!

You may or may not be familiar with the "Nine Trey Gangsters." If not, you might have heard of one of their self-avowed members, Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, or 69 for short. And if neither of those ring a bell, you've probably heard of the Bloods. Nine Trey is a prison set of the Bloods street gang, and Tekashi, nee Daniel Hernandez, allegedly became associated with them while serving a stint for marijuana trafficking on Rikers Island as a teenager.

Over the weekend, that affiliation came back to haunt him over the weekend, as Tekashi and five other Nine Trey members were arrested and indicted on federal racketeering charges involving armed robberies and shootings in New York. If convicted, Tekashi is facing life in prison.

Police Arrest 4 in Celebrity Home Burglaries

When kids talk about going into the family business, who knew it meant robbing homes of high profile celebrities?

Evidently, that's the new trend in Los Angeles, where four people were recently arrested for burglarizing the homes of potentially dozens of celebrities over the last several months. Two of those arrested are a mother-son dynamic duo. Stolen property totaled in the millions of dollars, and victims include Rihanna, LA Rams Robert Woods, and LA Dodger Yasiel Puig, among others. Police also found plans to burglarize a dozen others, most notably Viola Davis, LeBron James, and Matt Damon.

It sounds like the crazy plot to a television show, and it even includes TV actresses: a professional development, self-help, multi-level marketing scheme morphs into a cult/sex trafficking/racketeering operation for the benefit of people with codenames "Vanguard" and "Prefect," all largely funded by a liquor heiress.

Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune was arrested, arraigned, and released on $100 million bond for her involvement in the sex slave pyramid scheme, which allegedly involved human trafficking, identity theft, sextortion, and an actress from "Smallville."

Harvey Weinstein Indicted for Rape, Declines to Testify at Grand Jury

By now, most of us have read horrendous details about the way Harvey Weinstein allegedly treated women over decades in the entertainment industry. Dozens of women have come forward, emboldened by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, to describe their own tragic encounters. But despite so many allegations, the movie mogul has never faced criminal charges, until now. Weinstein was finally indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in New York.

Why Won't Scott Baio Be Charged for Sexual Assault?

Scott Baio may have played a children's caretaker on TV, but one of his co-stars says he was a child molester in real life. However, despite the actress's claims regarding Baio's behavior, the "Charles in Charge" star will not be charged with any crime -- at least not in this case.