A person has been killed during a memorial procession for rapper Nipsey Hussle, with three others injured.
Shots were fired as the crowd walked through Los Angeles in commemoration of the 33-year-old, who was killed in LA last month.
“We must stop this senseless violence,” LAPD Chief Michael Moore said.
Thousands of fans came out to celebrate the life of the Grammy-nominated musician, with Barack Obama among the people who wrote letters in tribute.
The suspects fired from a grey Hyundai as the four victims paid tribute to the musician, according to police.
The victims are described as three black men and one black woman between the ages of 30 and 50.
Jay Z, who Nipsey worked with through his Roc Nation label, attended the memorial service at the Staples Center along with Beyonce.
Snoop Dogg, Meek Mill and Diddy were also there to pay respect.
A letter from former President Barack Obama, addressed to Nipsey’s friends and family, was read out at the service.
He praised Nipsey for his community work.
“His choice to invest in that community rather than ignore it – to build a skills training centre and a co-working space in Crenshaw; to lift up the Eritrean-American community; to set an example for young people to follow – is a legacy worth celebration,” he wrote.
Fellow West Coast rapper and collaborator Kendrick Lamar also penned an emotional letter calling him a “true king”.
“His charisma and way with words was powerful,” he wrote. “But his integrity as a person made me even more enthused.”
Nipsey’s girlfriend Lauren London was joined at the service by the couple’s two-year-old son Kross and her older son Kameron, whose dad is Lil Wayne.
“I’d like to say something to my city Los Angeles. This pain is ours – we know what Nip meant to us.
“We lost an incredible soul to us and we lost someone very rare.
Jussie Smollett will be sued by the City of Chicago after “refusing to reimburse” the cost of investigating an alleged assault on him in the city.
Prosecutors say a homophobic and racist attack was staged to boost the actor’s career, but Smollett has always maintained his innocence.
The 36-year-old was given seven days to pay $130,000 (£99,000) to cover the investigation’s cost.
The deadline passed on Thursday and now a civil complaint will be filed.
The City of Chicago’s law department said it will “pursue the full measure of damages allowed”, adding in a statement that the lawsuit will be filed “in the near future”.
After initially being treated as a victim Smollett was accused of staging the attack and became the subject of the police investigation, but the charges against the actor were dropped last week.
Prosecutors say they still believe the Empire star faked the attack.
The charges were dropped because Smollett forfeited a $10,000 (£7,600) bond payment and carried out community service, according to Illinois prosecutor Joe Magats.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called it a “a whitewash of justice” and claimed Smollett had dragged the city’s reputation “through the mud”.
In the initial letter demanding $130,000, which includes overtime hours police used on the case, the City of Chicago said: “As part of the investigation, Chicago police reviewed video and physical evidence and conducted several interviews, expending resources that could have been used for other investigations.
“Ultimately, the Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your own attack.”
A new Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, was elected on Wednesday and will be sworn in on 20 May.
She told MSNBC following her victory that there needs to be a “much more fulsome explanation” as to why the charges against Smollett were dropped.
“We cannot create the perception that if you’re rich or famous or both that you get one set of justice, and for everybody else it’s something much harsher,” she said.
“That won’t do and we need to make sure that we have a criminal justice system that has integrity.”
Newsbeat has contacted representatives for Jussie Smollett for comment.
Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel says the sudden move to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett over a hoax attack has made a fool of the city.
The state’s attorney’s office maintains Mr Smollett has not been exonerated, while Mr Smollett’s lawyers say his record has been wiped clean.
“They better get their stories straight because this is actually making a fool of all of us,” the mayor told ABC News.
Police maintain Mr Smollett staged a racist and homophobic attack.
Mr Smollett has insisted throughout that he is innocent of all these allegations.
Speaking on Good Morning America on Wednesday, Mr Emanuel pilloried the Empire actor, saying he “abused the city of Chicago”.
“You have the state’s attorney’s office saying he’s not exonerated, he actually did commit this hoax. He’s saying he’s innocent and his words aren’t true.”
Mr Emanuel says he wants the court records unsealed so that all the evidence gathered by Chicago Police could be seen.
He said he also wants prosecutors to explain why they made such a sudden reversal.
The mayor said police had evidence that Mr Smollett had made up claims that he was attacked on 29 January in downtown Chicago by two masked men who he claimed shouted racist and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him and put a rope round his neck.
So what are prosecutors saying?
Illinois prosecutor Joe Magats made the decision to drop charges against the TV actor on Tuesday in a move that blindsided police – but he maintains that Mr Smollett is guilty.
“Our priority is violent crimes and the drivers of violence,” Mr Magats told CBS News. “Jussie Smollett is neither one of those.”
He added that community service and a fine is a common outcome for such a case. When asked if those penalties were sufficient for Mr Smollett, he said: “I feel that it is.”
Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney, told NBC News that prosecutors “did not exonerate Mr Smollett”, but offered an agreement available “to any defendant with similar circumstances”.
“The charges were dropped in return for Mr Smollett’s agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago.
“Without the completion of these terms, the charges would not have been dropped.”
Police, however, have disagreed, with Supt Eddie Johnson saying if Mr Smollett “wanted to clear his name, the way to do that was in a court of law so that everyone could see the evidence”.
A Chicago police union on Tuesday renewed calls for a federal inquiry looking into what role the state’s prosecutor Kimberly Foxx, who recused herself, played in the case.
In a statement to NBC, the Fraternal Order of Police said they are “outraged…but not surprised”.
The union said Ms Foxx had “transformed the prosecutor’s office to a political arm of the anti-police movement”.
The Fraternal Order of Police said their demand was based on reports of texts between Ms Foxx and a former Obama aide about the case.
What’s this about a former Obama aide?
State’s Attorney Ms Foxx recused herself from the Smollett case last month, citing a conflict of interest “based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case”.
According to local media, attorney Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, connected Ms Foxx with Mr Smollett’s family in the days following the alleged attack.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this month that Ms Tchen had texted Ms Foxx on 1 February that the actor’s family had “concerns about the investigation”.
Ms Foxx later told the Sun-Times that those worries were regarding leaked information about the case from “police sources”, and that the family felt the FBI would keep a “tighter lid on the information”.
Days after the attack, Ms Foxx said she discussed transferring the case to the FBI with Supt Johnson, who she said seemed open to the idea.
She then contacted Ms Tchen and Mr Smollett’s relative to inform them about her call with the superintendent, according to records viewed by the newspaper.
“Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson,” she wrote to Ms Tchen in an email. “I convinced him to reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation. He is reaching out now and will get to me shortly.”
After Ms Foxx sent the relative a similar message, they replied: “OMG this would be a huge victory.”
Ms Foxx’s office did not immediately return a request for comment from the BBC.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: “Smollett dragged city’s reputation through mud”
US actor Jussie Smollett staged a fake attack on himself because he was “dissatisfied with his salary”, Chicago police say.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a news conference that he “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career”.
Mr Smollett is charged with filing a false police report after he said he was the victim of a homophobic attack.
Police say he also had sent a racist letter to himself at a Fox studio.
The 36-year-old star of the TV series Empire is suspected of paying two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack. They are both co-operating with the investigation, police say.
On Wednesday his lawyers said they would “mount an aggressive defence”.
What do police say?
In a scathing news conference on Thursday, Supt Johnson accused the actor of committing a crime “to further his own profile”.
He said Mr Smollett had betrayed the city of Chicago, and said “this publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve”.
The “hoax”, he said, “received national attention for weeks,” and may deter future hate crime victims from coming forward for fear that their allegations may be met with skepticism.
He called upon the actor “to apologise to this city that he smeared”.
Mr Smollett turned himself into police on Thursday
“Celebrities, news commentators, and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor,” he said, with palpable anger as he spoke.
“I’m left hanging my head and asking why,” he said, describing Mr Smollett’s actions as a “slap in the face” to Chicagoans.
How did the case unfold?
Suspicion over the actor’s allegations started to grow after police said they could not find any video footage of the alleged incident from over 50 surveillance cameras they reviewed. There were also no witnesses.
But investigators managed to track and identify two men who appeared on video footage near where the actor said he had been attacked through a ride-sharing app.
The men – Ola and Abel Osundairo – had left the US following the alleged attack and were held for nearly 48 hours after they returned last week.
They were released without charges after providing information that “shifted the trajectory of the investigation”, police said.
One of the brothers is Mr Smollett’s personal trainer and both have worked as extras on Empire, a hit Fox show that depicts the lives of a music mogul and his family in Chicago.
CCTV image released earlier by Chicago police
Police say they have a cheque that Mr Smollett signed and that he had agreed to pay $3,500 (£2,700) for the brothers’ participation.
Supt Johnson said that he had told at least one of the brothers that he was “dissatisfied” with his salary from Fox.
He added that Mr Smollett first “attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language” to Fox studios.
Police had confirmed in early February that a letter containing a white powder – later identified as aspirin – was included in the threatening letter that authorities now believe was now sent by the actor himself.
On Wednesday, CBS Chicago obtained footage which appeared to show two people buying materials, including ski masks, that had allegedly been worn by the actor’s attackers.
Mr Smollett turned himself in early on Thursday and is in custody of Chicago police.
He will appear before a judge for a bond hearing later on Thursday.
Rallies were held after Mr Smollett first announced the alleged “attack”
What does Smollett say happened?
The actor, who is gay, said he had gone out to buy food late at night in downtown Chicago when two white men hurled racial and homophobic insults at him.
They allegedly punched the actor, poured a chemical substance over him and put a rope around his neck.
Police said on Thursday that some minor scrapes on his face were probably self-inflicted.
“I’m left hanging my head and asking why. Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?” said Supt Johnson.
“How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile?”
Mr Smollett also claimed the men had told him “this is Maga country”, apparently referring to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
The president tweeted his condemnation after the police news conference, slamming Mr Smollett’s “racist and dangerous comments”.
The actor said he had been “forever changed” by the alleged incident.
An outpouring of support followed including from Oscar winner Viola Davis and supermodel Naomi Campbell.
Jussie Smollett’s lawyers said the actor felt “victimised” by reports he was involved
Lawyers for the US actor Jussie Smollett have denied he had any role in an assault last month he alleges was carried out by two white men.
Their statement came after sources told US media that police believed he may have paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack on 29 January.
The brothers, who worked as extras on Empire, the show Smollett starred in, have been questioned by Chicago police.
Police have only said the “trajectory of the investigation” has shifted.
What have Smollett’s lawyers said?
“Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” a statement from lawyers Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said.
“He has now been further victimised by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
One of the brothers is Smollett’s personal trainer, and the lawyers said it was “impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity”.
And the police?
They had questioned the two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, last week but the pair were released on Friday and are said to be still co-operating with the investigation.
The brothers had left the US after the alleged attack and were arrested on their return last Wednesday.
Chicago police released this CCTV image of two “people of interest” in the case
Police sources told US media the pair had bought rope used in the attack at a nearby hardware store.
On Saturday, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation.
“We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”
Ola and Abel Osundairo have both appeared as extras on Empire, a drama about a hip-hop mogul and his family. In this Instagram post, Ola Osundairo (R) is seen alongside Empire creator Lee Daniels (C).
What has Smollett himself said about the alleged attack?
He said two white men hurled racial and homophobic insults as they punched him, poured a chemical substance over him and put a rope around his neck.
“This is Maga country,” he says they told him, referring to President Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan.
The actor said he had been “forever changed” by the incident.
Hollywood stars are showing their support for Jussie Smollett after he was attacked.
Police in the US say they’re investigating it as a suspected homophobic and racist attack after “two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs”.
The Empire actor needed hospital treatment after the men punched him in the face, poured a chemical substance on him and tied a rope around his neck.
Oscar winner Viola Davis and supermodel Naomi Campbell are among those sharing their support.
Naomi Campbell, who starred in the first two seasons of the musical show about a hip-hop mogul whose sons and ex-wife fight over his business, said that one of the most beautiful things to happen to her when working on Empire was meeting Jussie Smollett.
Alongside a picture of the two of them, she called on the Mayor of Chicago to catch the “despicable people” who have committed this “act of hate”.
Oscar winner Viola Davis shared a photo of Jussie on her Instagram page.
Jussie, who plays Jamal Lyon, in Empire, came out on US TV show Ellen in 2015.
It’s after he faced scrutiny in his personal life when his character on the show came out as being gay.
At the time he told Ellen “there is, without a doubt, no closet that I’ve ever been in and I just wanted to make that clear”.
The TV host tweeted her support for him and his family.
Jussie’s co-star, Grace Byers, is among those expressing their horror at the attack.
“This despicable act only shamefully reveals how deeply the diseases of hatred, inequality, racism and discrimination continue to course through our country’s veins,” she said.
Singer and actress Janelle Monae also shared a photo of herself with Jussie.
“It is still a risk daily to be a BLACK, OUT and PROUD human being,” she wrote.
Jada Pinkett Smith also posted a news report about the attack.
Some media reports say that the actor had bleach poured on him but that’s not been confirmed yet.
According to the American website TMZ, Jussie has now been discharged from hospital.
According to many reviewers Huawei’s P20 Pro, which was released in 2018, is a real contender to the other big hitters – a Samsung or an iPhone.
But as well as the phones we’ve got in our pockets, Huawei also provide technology to other companies to make their own handsets and wi-fi networks.
Basically, Huawei is everywhere.
Why is everyone talking about Huawei?
There are some worries about what Huawei has been doing with the millions of mobile phones it’s sold and all that tech kit.
Some countries fear Huawei is being used by the Chinese government to spy on people.
The man who founded Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, was an engineer in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in the early 1980s – a fact which has worried businesses and governments already distrustful of China’s political leaders.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is the armed force of the Communist Party of China, which has ruled the People’s Republic of China since 1921.
Huawei says it has no links to the government and insists it is an independent company.
But there have been warnings in the US since 2012 that Huawei pose a security threat.
And in the UK, a report in 2018 said it had ” “only limited assurance” that Huawei’s broadband and mobile equipment wasn’t a threat to national security – which isn’t exactly a glowing endorsement.
OK, who else is involved?
It’s not just the US and UK who are starting to get a bit concerned.
In 2018, both Australia and New Zealand excluded Huawei from involvement in it’s future 5G network – again because they think the company might be trying to spy on them.
Michael Jackson gave a young boy jewellery in exchange for sexual acts, according to new documentary Leaving Neverland.
The “devasting and disturbing” film has been shown at The Sundance Film festival in Utah, America.
It focuses on two men who claim Michael Jackson had abused them as children.
His estate deny the claims saying it’s “an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in” on the singer, who died in 2009.
USA Today reporter Patrick Ryan was at the world premiere on Friday.
Wade Robson and James Safechuck say they were aged seven and 10 when the singer befriended them and their families.
Now in their 30s, they claim they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson.
He always denied the allegations when he was alive.
Police raided his Neverland Ranch in California in 2003 while investigating claims he had molested a 13-year-old boy.
The case went to trial and Wade Robson was a main witness for him. He said under oath that the singer never abused him and Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges in 2005.
Since then Wade Robson has become a father and in an interview he said after two nervous breakdowns he finally revealed to his therapist the dark secret he’d been hiding.
“It was just pain and disgust and anger, the idea something like that could happen to my son.”
In 2013 he filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s estate claiming he had been sexually abused by the singer, but a judge ruled he’d waited too long to seek legal action.
The two-part film is directed by Dan Reed and the synopsis reads: “Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained exploitation and deception.”
Reporter Adam B Vary watched it and posted afterwards: “A deeply emotional Wade Robson and James Safechuck receive a standing ovation after the screening of Leaving Neverland. There will be a lot to say later, but I can say this: This is a thorough, devastating, deeply credible piece of filmmaking.”
Keith Turnan, a film critic for the LA Times posted: “A #sundancefilmfestival first: introducing the screening of the disturbing “Leaving Neverland” Michael Jackson documentary, fest topper John Cooper announced “there will be health care professionals” in the Egyptian Theater lobby if needed. This is one intense film.”
And film critic for US Weekly Mara Reinstein put: “Shaking. Wow. We were all wrong when we cheered for Michael Jackson.”
Because of Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s previous support of Michael Jackson and claims that he never molested them, his fans have asked the festival to pull it, while his own estate has hit back at the project in a statement: “The film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact.
“The two accusers testified under oath that these events never occurred. They have provided no independent evidence and absolutely no proof in support of their accusations, which means the entire film hinges solely on the word of two perjurers.”
They go on to say that because the filmmaker purposefully decided not to interview anyone else other than the two men and their families he “neglected fact checking so he could craft a narrative so blatantly one-sided that viewers never get anything close to a balanced portrait.”
The documentary will be shown on Channel 4 in Spring 2019.
Michael Jackson always denied any abuse allegations while he was alive.
He died on 25 June 2009 aged 50 after receiving a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol.
Two rappers have been given suspended sentences for performing drill music which incited violence against rival gang members.
Skengdo, real name Terrell Doyley, and AM, real name Joshua Malinga, pleaded guilty to breaching a gang injunction at Croydon County Court, police say.
The injunction was made against the pair last year because they were members of a gang in south London.
They were sentenced to nine months in jail suspended for two years.
The Metropolitan Police says Skengdo and AM, both 21, breached an interim gang injunction which was made in August last year.
“It was breached when they performed drill music that incited and encouraged violence against rival gang members and then posted it on social media,” it said in a statement.
Their manager TK told the Press Association the musicians were not involved in gang violence.
He said they pleaded guilty after a video of one of their live performances was uploaded to the internet without their knowledge.
The interim injunction was made against the rappers because they were members of a gang in Lambeth, south London – and were linked to rising violence in the borough, police said on Friday.
The injunction was brought into full force during hearings held on 10 and 14 January. It will last for two years.
Detective Inspector Luke Williams, of Lambeth and Southwark’s Gangs Unit, said: “I am pleased with the sentences passed in these cases which reflect that the police and courts are unwilling to accept behaviour leading to serious violence.
“The court found that violence in drill music can, and did in this case, amount to gang-related violence.”
TK, the director of Finesse Foreva, said the last time either of the rappers “might have had a run-ins with the law was when they were 16 and 17”.
He said at a hearing in January, police had tried to link Skengdo and AM to the history of crime in Brixton – which is in the Lambeth borough.
“They didn’t find nothing on them in terms of violence because they don’t have nothing on them.”
He added: “Why the Met’s probably done that is because they want to affect their lives, scare big venue owners off.”
Skengdo and AM have performed at Reading and Leeds festivals and have appeared on 1Xtra.
They performed on Kenny Allstar’s 1Xtra show on 11 January – he described them as “one of the hottest duos in UK drill music”.
In an interview with fellow former Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, Charlie described Apple Music as a platform that’s “future-proof”: “For me, I was like I need to be where the future is, because I am the future.”
The Charlie Sloth Rap Show will air on Saturday nights in the UK.
Charlie said that UK music “is in a place that it’s never been” during his career.
“I feel like it’s desired in a way it never has been globally.
“With the Apple Music and Beats 1 platform I feel that I offer something to these artists in the UK that no other platform can offer at the moment,” he said.
The DJ said that since his departure from Radio 1 and 1Xtra, where he hosted The 8th and The Rap Show, he’s been “trying to keep a low profile”.
And he told Zane Lowe he’s been “itching” to get started.
“I just felt the way people were consuming content was changing, it’s changed forever.
“And I feel that Apple Music and Beats 1, they provide a service that caters for the new consumption of content,” he said.
Charlie thinks musicians now “only care” about the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.
“The artists, especially the younger generation, don’t care if their record is getting played on the TV. They don’t care if their record is getting played on the radio. They only care what playlists they’re sitting on on the streaming providers.
“These kids who are 18, 19, they’ve grown up in a totally different era.
“They’ve grown up knowing streaming and YouTube. They’re the only two assets that matter to the modern day artist.”
Charlie’s popular Fire In The Booth freestyle segment, which has been running for more than 10 years and racked up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, will be following Charlie to Apple.
He’s promised “a few returning heroes” and “a few big names”.
Last year, he managed to get Drake on the show – telling Newsbeat at the time that it was “four or five years” in the making.
The report had originally recommended that Lord Lester should be expelled from the Lords but this was later reduced to a recommended suspension until 2022.
The complaint claimed that Lord Lester “had sexually harassed the complainant, had offered her a corrupt inducement to have sexual relations with her, and had warned her of unspecified consequences if she did not accept his offer”.