‘Empire’ Actor Arrested


In this image released by Fox, Morocco Omari appears in a scene from "Empire." Omari was arrested Wednesday, April 5, 2017, on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Chicago. In a news release, police say 46-year-old Morocco Omari was arrested Wednesday after officers were called to the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side by a 24-year-old woman who identified herself as Omari’s girlfriend. (Chuck Hodes/FOX via AP)
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Empire actor Morocco Omari has been arrested for domestic violence. Omari – who plays Lucious’ half-brother in the Fox series – is alleged to have pushed a 24-year-old woman to the ground multiple times during an argument.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the woman, who identified herself as Omari’s girlfriend, called 911 on Wednesday. She claims to have suffered scratches to her neck and chest. Police were called to the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side at around 2.30pm, observed the injuries and arrested Omari, 41. The actor was booked for misdemeanor domestic battery.

According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Omari was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. Omari was previously married to actress JoNell Kennedy between 2001 and 2006. Omari plays an FBI agent Tariq Cousins on Empire and was moved to a series regular in August.

The 48-year-old star recently denied the allegations in a Twitter rant. He alleged he was physically and verbally abused in his marriage and that there is a double standard when it comes to domestic abuse.

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