EMPIRE actor Bryshere Gray will spend ten days in jail after he was convicted of strangling his wife for “hours” in 2020.
Gray pleaded guilty to domestic assault charges after he was arrested in July 2020 over the disturbing incident.
Here is more about the star and the events that led to his arrest.
Who is Bryshere Gray’s wife?
Bryshere Gray’s wife has not been identified. However, Gray’s wife flagged down a good Samaritan that helped her call the police at around 10.15 pm the day of the attack.
The caller said an adult female allegedly told him that she had been assaulted by her husband at their home and did not identify herself, other than explaining she was Bryshere’s wife.
When police arrived, the woman told officers that he assaulted her for hours and choked her unconscious at their home.
His wife has multiple visible injuries and said she had been strangled to the point of losing consciousness.
Why were police called to their home?
Gray was barricaded inside his home when police arrived at the scene.
He refused to exit the residence and a team of negotiators along with the SWAT talked to him for over nine hours to get him to come out.
Is Gray going to jail?
On July 14, 2020, Gray was eventually taken into custody after surrendering and was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, assault and disorderly conduct.
His wife was taken to a hospital to receive treatment for her injuries, but the wounds were said to be non-life threatening and she has since been discharged.
After serving 10 days in county jail, Gray will remain on probation for three years.
During those three years, he will have to submit to drug and alcohol testing and pay restitution to his wife.
He will also reportedly enroll in a domestic violence offender treatment program.
He will not be able to possess any kind of firearm and will need written permission from a probation officer to interact with anyone with a criminal record.
Gray had previously been arrested after being pulled over last year because a temporary license plate didn’t match the 2014 Rolls Royce he was driving.
He was held on a misdemeanor registration charge and ticketed for driving an uninsured vehicle and failure to carry a driver’s license.
What was the scandal with Gray’s co-star Jussie Smollett?
Jussie claimed that men – who used racist and homophobic slurs while shouting “MAGA country” in reference to President Trump – tied a rope around his neck and splashed bleach on him.
Police later discovered the attackers were allegedly two Nigerian brothers he had paid to attack him.
He was accused of trying to stage a hate crime in an effort to boost his profile and the TV wages.
He was indicted on six felony counts of disorderly conduct related to four false reports that he gave to police about the alleged attack in February.
Chicago city authorities are also suing him for $130,000 to cover the overtime for the officers who investigated his case.
He was booted off Empire and did not return to the sixth and final season after the incident.
Jussie claims he is innocent and also sued Chicago for malicious prosecution in 2019.
Bryshere played the brother of Jussie’s character Jamal Lyon in the show, which officially concluded on April 21, 2020.
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