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ABC(CHICAGO) -- Chicago police have released more files, officer body cam footage and other video from the night they say Empire actor Jussie Smollett staged an attack on himself, with the help of two associates.

The Empire actor claimed white supporters of President Trump attacked him in the middle of the night on January 29, threw bleach on him and put a noose around his neck, while shouting homophobic and racist slurs.  However, Chicago police allege Smollett paid two Nigerian associates of his, brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, to help him stage the attack on himself.  The brothers were also recorded on camera buying red ball caps approximating Make America Great Again hats, and rope that Smollett said his attackers tied around his neck. 

More than 70 hours of video footage has been made public, some of which was shot in Smollett's own apartment as investigators interviewed him.  Body cam footage from the apartment shows Smollett still wearing the makeshift noose, some time after the alleged attack, with the actor saying he wanted it to remain around his neck until he was able to show it to police.

The released footage also shows the brothers being detained at the airport after the incident and taking a cab to the location the alleged attack reportedly took place. 

Smollett was eventually indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report; all charges were dropped in February but that decision will be reviewed by a special prosecutor, who will review the actions of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office dropped the charges against Smollett.  It's possible charges could be reinstated against Smollett, depending on the special prosecutor's findings. 

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ABC/Mark Bourdillon(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette saw the guys joining Hannah B. in Riga, Latvia, as she tried to turn things around following a trying time in Scotland last week.

The first date went to Garrett, along with the message, “Can I trust our love?” Hannah decides to surprise Garrett by taking him bungee jumping, but the surprise is on her as well because, apparently, Latvians like to bungee jump au naturel!

Afterward, Garrett says he’s ready to take another leap of faith, and tells Hannah he’s falling in love with her “big time.” She agrees that “sometimes when you’re falling in love, you just have to trust and take that leap,” and offers him the date rose.

When Garrett tells the other men about his naked bungee jump with Hannah, they’re all impressed, and a little jealous -- except for Luke, who thinks Garrett is just making the whole thing up.

Next, Mike, Jed, Tyler, Dustin, Luke, Connor and Dylan are invited on a group date with Hannah, during which they take in the local culture. All goes well, with the men all getting along -- until Hannah shares the details of her bungee jump with Garrett, forcing Luke to accept the naked truth. Needless to say, he’s not happy.

When Luke gets his turn alone with Hannah, her one-on-one with Garret comes up, and Luke expresses his disapproval, including concerns about bringing her home to meet his family. However, he insists he can forgive her, even when she makes a ”boneheaded mistake.”

Adding to Luke’s anger and frustration?  The date rose goes to Tyler, and not him.

The next one-on-one date goes to Peter, who joins Hannah for a Latvian spa ritual that combines elements of sauna with spiritual elements and massage techniques that promise to help them “get close to each other.”

Hannah had no doubts about their physical chemistry entering the date, but she needs to know if they can relate to each other on a deeper level. After exchanging stories of heartbreak, she’s satisfied Peter’s a potential match for her and gives him the rose.

After Peter spills the details of his date with Hannah, one of the other guys decides he needs to pay Hannah a surprise visit -- but it’s not Luke. This time, it’s Jed. The Nashville singer/songwriter tries to woo her by serenading her outside her window, followed by some serious kissing, during which he reveals that he, too, is falling in love with her.

Meanwhile, tempers between two arch rivals flare again when Garrett confronts Luke about discussing the details of Garrett and Hannah’s one-on-one date. Luke tries to get Garrett to promise that their current conversation won’t make it back to Hannah before the rose ceremony, but Garrett will do no such thing.

“Why should I promise you?” asks Garrett. Luke then demands Garrett leave his room, saying he needs to get some sleep. Garrett obliges, saying “Sweet dreams, Luke,” as he leaves.

As the guys anxiously await the rose ceremony, Hannah pulls Luke aside to discuss their prior conversation about the bungee jump. She tells him she respects him for sharing his feelings, but the conversation “didn’t sit well” with her.

“You’re not my husband, you don’t own my body, you don’t own me,” Hannah declares. Luke defends the outburst by insisting Hannah simply “misunderstood” him, and promises that fighting to make their relationship work will be “worth it.”

“I don’t know,” is Hannah's response.

Luke rejoins the other men and the fights continue, until they’re interrupted by host Chris Harrison, who tells them that, for the third straight week, Hannah has dispensed with the traditional cocktail party and they’ll head straight to the rose ceremony.

When the last rose is handed out, the guys are once again frustrated to see it go to Luke -- especially Dylan and Dustin, who are sent home.

 “There’s goodness inside you, and I see that,” Hannah whispers to Luke before placing the rose in his lapel.

“What do you like about Luke,” Harrison later asks Hannah in private.

“I’m either falling in love with Luke, or Luke is making me go crazy,” is her answer.

Here are the seven remaining men:

Connor S., 24, an investment analyst from Dallas, TX
Garrett, 27, a golf pro from Birmingham, AL
Jed, 25, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN
Luke P., 24, an import/export manager from Gainesville, GA
Mike, 31, a portfolio manager from San Antonio, TX
Peter, 27, a pilot from Westlake Village, CA
Tyler C., 26, a general contractor from Jupiter, FL

The Bachelorette continues Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Rock’n Robin Productions(LOS ANGELES) -- Before the new film hits theaters, The Lion King is getting its own primetime special on ABC.

Robin Roberts is set to host The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight, exploring the franchise’s long-lasting appeal and giving a sneak peek into the upcoming film.

The special will include interviews with director Jon Favreau and members of the cast, including Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Alfre Woodard and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Roberts will also take viewers on a behind-the-scenes visit to the studios where the new film is currently being readied for theaters, and preview an exclusive unreleased scene.

The voice actors from the original 1994 animated Lion King -- including Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick and Jeremy Irons – will also participate in the special, along with Elton John, who co-wrote and performed songs in the original film and who contributes a new song to the new film.

“The legacy of The Lion King is absolutely incredible, and I’m excited to give fans a special look at this iconic film,” Roberts says in a statement.

“It’s a dazzling glimpse into what it takes to bring The Lion King to life in its many forms and how meaningful it has become for the cast members of both the original and new film, as well as Broadway and music legends.”

The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts airs Tuesday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Lion King, featuring CGI animation, hits theaters July 19.

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Jay Maidment(LOS ANGELES) -- Sony Pictures has some major explaining to do to Marvel Cinematic Universe star Samuel L. Jackson.

On Monday, Jackson, who's portrayed S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury since 2008's Iron Man, took to Instagram to go off on a major blunder that Sony made in its ad campaign for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

In his post, Jackson shares an image of two side-by-side Homecoming posters that feature his Nick Fury character. However, in the poster on the left, Fury is wearing his signature eye patch on the wrong eye.

"Uhhhhhhh, What In The Actual F*** IS GOING ON HERE???!!! he captions the photo, adding the hashtags #headsgonroll #lefteyemuthafukkah.

Humorous as it may be, this isn't the first time that there's been a marketing blunder when it came to a Marvel superhero film.

In March, Marvel had to fix its Avengers: Endgame poster when Black Panther star Danai Gurira's name was omitted. Of course, fans had plenty to say to Marvel when that happened.

"Don't let it happen again," one fan wrote, sharing a gif of Gurira saying, "Wakanda forever!"

Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 2.

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James Devaney/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A year after her Roseanne revival was pulled off the air, Roseanne Barr is hitting the road for a new comedy tour with Andrew Dice Clay.

Barr shared a promo poster for the "Mr. and Mrs. America" tour on Instagram Sunday, which features her wearing a Statue of Liberty crown and Clay wearing an Uncle Sam top hat.

“On sale next week,” she captioned it.

Barr and Clay have known each other for years; they performed together at the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas earlier this year.  

This tour marks Barr's first official project since the Roseanne reboot was canceled by ABC. The cancellation came after Barr posted a controversial tweet likening former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an “ape.”  

The rest of the Roseanne cast went on to star in the spin-off series, The Conners

Clay was most recently seen in A Star Is Born, playing the father of Lady Gaga's character, Ally.

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Jordin Althaus/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(SAN JOSE DEL CABO) -- Busy Philipps threw herself an epic 40th birthday celebration in Mexico over the weekend.

Though she’s been married to screenwriter Marc Silverstein since 2007, the actress and TV host decided to hold a wedding-style bash at the popular wedding venue Flora’s Farms in San Jose del Cabo. She even wore a flowy white dress for the occasion.

“I decided I wanted to throw myself a destination wedding (to myself) for my 40th at one of my favorite places in the world,” Philipps wrote on Instagram.

She added, “This was, without question, one of the greatest, most fun, and beautiful nights of my life. Thank you thank you thank you to all of my friends and family who made this weekend the best of all time.”

Among the celebrity guests who jetted to Cabo for the affair were Elizabeth Banks, Colin Hanks, Retta and Girls writer Jenni Konner.

There was food, drinking, dancing and even a surprise flash mob of Busy lookalikes, all dressed in her signature "Mr. Nightgown" and pink-haired wigs.

“I’m obsessed with flash mobs!” she said in her Instagram Story, calling it the “best surprise of all time!”

Philipps’ actual birthday is Tuesday, June 25.

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Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- Woody, Buzz and all your old favorites are back for Toy Story 4, the latest installment in the Disney-Pixar franchise, which opened in first place this weekend. This time around there are also new favorites to love -- including the DIY trash-turned-toy Forky, voiced by Tony Hale, and carnival prize stuffed animals Ducky and Bunny, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, respectively.

While fans turned out in droves to the see the film this weekend, Keegan-Michael Key says that as a voice actor in the film, he had a very different viewing experience when he finally got to see his character come to life.

“It was really fulfilling and very satisfying to go, ‘Oh, oh yeah!’ Like, everybody else around you might be laughing but you're going, ‘Now I get it. Now I see what you were doing,’” he tells ABC Radio.

Hale, meanwhile, loved that he got the chance to see the film with his 13-year-old daughter.

“The cool thing is she's not able to see a lot of the work that I do,” Hale tells ABC Radio. “I mean she's not gonna be able to see Veep until she's late middle age. So, you know, we can enjoy this together.”

And kids all over can enjoy Forky, Ducky and the whole gang in actual toy form, as tie-in merchandise. Hale says that part is surreal.

“It's one of those wake-up times where I'm like, ‘Oh, yeah, I am in Toy Story. This is not some kind of dream,’” he says.  “'Cause I saw when we were in Orlando, all these kids were carrying around Forkys …so it's neat to see it kind of live out in these kids' lives. It's pretty exciting.”

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Walt Disney Television/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) -- Nik Wallenda, the so-called "King of the highwire," successfully traversed a 1,300-foot-long cable suspended 25 stories above street level over New York's legendary Times Square Sunday night, joined by his sister, Lijana, in her first performance since she fell 30 feet off a tightrope and was critically injured in 2017.

The walk was televised live Sunday night on ABC in a special entitled, Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda.

Nik and Lijana met at the middle of the wire, which was roughly the width of a cork, at which point Lijana had to lower herself a sit on the wire so Nik could step over his sister, after which Lijana had to stand up again on the wire so that each could continue the walk. A particularly tense moment came as Nik had to temporarily unhook Lijana’s harness for the bypass.

The two talked to each other constantly along the way, while Nik offered Lijana encouragement, and she sang spiritual songs to help calm her nerves.

Nik, who finished before Lijana, raced over from One Times Square to greet her when she completed her walk at Two Times Square. The entire stunt took a little over 36 minutes to complete.

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Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 topped the weekend box office with a an estimated $118 million debut -- a franchise high, topping Toy Story 3's $110.3 million opening back in 2010. However, as has been the case with most sequels of late, it opened well below the $140 to $200 Disney had projected.

That said, Toy Story 4 -- featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Keanu Reeves -- posted the fourth-largest animated opening ever. It also notched the third-largest weekend opening of the year, while giving Disney the top four openings of 2019.

Overseas, Toy Story 4 grabbed an estimated $120 million, for a $238 million global debut.

Landing in second place was the second of this week's debuts, Child's Play, a remake of the classic 1988 horror flick of the same name, featuring Mark Hamill as the voice of the killer doll Chucky and a live-action performance from Aubrey Plaza. It delivered an estimated $14 million domestically, right at the low end of pre-relaese expectations.

Disney's Aladdin held on to third place in its fifth week of release, earning an estimated $12.2 million and bringing its totals stateside to just below $288 million. The film's overseas tally now stands at $522 million, with its worldwide gross now standing at around $810 million.

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The week's other major release, Anna, starring Russian model/actress Sasha Luss in her first big role, alongside Luke Evans and Helen Mirren, failed to crack the top 10, delivering an estimated $3.5 million.

Men in Black: International fell from first to fourth place in its second week of release, grabbing an estimated $10.75 million. The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top five with an estimated $10.3 million.

In limited release, Wild Rose earned an estimated $56,183 from four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Toy Story 4, $118 million
2. Child’s Play, $14 million
3. Aladdin, $12.2 million
4. Men in Black International, $10.75 million
5. Secret Life of Pets 2, $10.3 million
6. Rocketman, $5.65 million
7. John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, $4 million
8. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, $3.7 million
9. Dark Phoenix, $3.6 million
10. Shaft, $3.55 million


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Walt Disney Television/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) -- In 2012, high-wire artist Nik Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls. In 2013, he walked across the Grand Canyon.  But Sunday night, he'll face the scariest challenge of all: walking across New York City.

More specifically, Nik will be walking on a 1,300-foot-long cable suspended 25 stories above street level across New York's legendary Time Square. He'll be joined by his sister, Lijana, in her first performance since she fell 30 feet off a tightrope in 2017.

"She'll come out to the middle [of the wire], she'll sit down, we'll meet there," Nik told ABC News. "I'll then step over her and then she'll get back up and she'll walk to one side, I'll walk to the other."

Why Times Square?  Nik told ABC News, "Because it's Times Square! No one in the world's ever walked a wire over Times Square...and to be honest, the distractions of Times Square were a fascination to me."

"The key to wire walking is not getting distracted," he said at a press conference on the top of 1 Times Square, the location of the New Year's Eve ball drop.  "Every distraction you can imagine is right down there. So to me, it was about pushing myself to be better at what I do."

"There are a lot of distractions...the stability of the wire, the fact that my sister's at the other end coming towards me....there's definitely a lot going on," he added. "More than I've ever had to deal with in my entire career."

Also distracting? The wire he's walking on is thin. Really thin.

"It's a little smaller than my thumb...very close to the size of a quarter," Nik says.  

Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda airs live Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Freeform/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Eline Powell, the star of Freeform’s mermaid thriller Siren, will be making a splash at the 37th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade in New York City on Saturday.

This year marks the Belgian actress’ first time at the parade and she’ll be riding a special Siren-themed float. She’s still deciding what she’ll be wearing to the celebration, which is known for its wild costumes and artistic expression.

“This is the best part about any community parade kind of thing, it's the creativity that comes out,” Powell tells ABC Radio. “I'm obviously so keen to see what people dress up like. But, you know, to draw that to a bigger line, it's also to see what their interpretation of mermaid is.”

Maybe she’ll even hit the beach at Coney Island after the parade is over. Powell says that playing the fierce mermaid Ryn on Siren hasn’t made her sick of the water -- it’s only made her more inclined to take a beach vacation.

“At this point in time, I’m still like, ‘Does it have a beach? Does it have a sea or kind of place I can swim in?’ Otherwise I’m not too interested at the moment,” she laughs. “So it’s still a really big part of my life.” 

Siren, currently in its second season and recently renewed for a third, airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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Jim Spellman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If you're at all familiar with comic Jim Gaffigan's stand-up material, you know he's got a lot of jokes about being the father of five kids.  But he's putting a new spin on his reputation as a devoted family man with his current film role as a polygamist in the comedy Being Frank.

In fact, Gaffigan tells ABC Radio that playing a polygamist is what intrigued him.

"Being a guy who's married to two women and obviously they don't know each other is a really selfish, horrible thing to do," he says. "And so I wanted the challenge of making that guy human and possibly likable."

In Being Frank, Gaffigan's son by one wife accidentally discovers his dad's other family, and uses the knowledge to blackmail him.  Gaffigan says playing the role was also an eye-opener for him, in terms of discovering how common polygamy apparently is.

"You know, at every screening, someone raises their hand and they're like, 'my next-door neighbor at the funeral of the dad, they discovered they had another family'," Gaffigan reveals.  "And by the way...I met someone who in their town they had someone who had seven families."

Gaffigan, who's been married to actress, writer and producer Jeannie Gaffigan for 16 years, jokes to ABC Radio that he has "24 families," before confessing, "I can't even handle one family. I don't know how someone handles two." 

Being Frank is now playing in limited release.

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Ahead of its July 4 premiere, a creepy new trailer for Stranger Things season three has been unleashed.

It starts with an ominous voice-over that says, “You let us in and now you are going to have to let us stay.”

We then hear Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven trying to understand how the monster is still around, even after she closed the portal to the Upside Down last season.

“What if he never left?” Will says. “What if we locked him out here with us?”

It seems the monster will be attaching itself to a new “host.”

“He’s building something,” Eleven says.

It’s up to the group to stop the creature from destroying everyone. The trailer ends with scenes from what is sure to be an epic battle inside the new mall in Hawkins.

Stranger Things season three debuts on Netflix July 4.

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Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- The almost 10-year wait is over -- Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 is officially in theaters this weekend, and one of the new characters getting the most attention is a spork named Forky, voiced by Tony Hale.

Hale tells ABC Radio that Forky is having an existential crisis in the film, because he doesn't think of himself as a toy.

"He's like, listen, I was given this name, I made a toy. I don't know what's happening," explains Hale. I'm a spork and I was made for chili, and that's it. And you go to the trash."

The film settles that issue, as well as another burning question: Why is his name Forky, and not Sporky?

"There's actually another character that's like, 'But he's a spork.' So it's definitely acknowledged," assures Hale.

The Veep actor appreciates all the love, but he thinks he and Toy Story 4's other voice actors are just a "small piece of the pie."

"All the artists and directors and animators that put in so many hours of work in this -- that's the piece of the pie that should get the attention because they're the ones that have created the story and the vision," he says.

Adds Hale, "I mean, it's like eye candy, this movie is so visually stunning. So they're the ones that are really responsible for all that."

So what was Hale's favorite toy/character growing up?

"Scooter from The Muppet Show," says Hale. "He was a nerd like me. He had glasses like me and I was convinced he had asthma like me."

Toy Story 4 -- also starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Jordan Peele, Keegan Michael Key and Keanu Reeves -- opens nationwide today from Pixar and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide Friday:

* Toy Story 4 -- The latest chapter in the the 24-year Toy Story franchise finds Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear -- voiced once again by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, respectively -- and the rest of their playroom pals on a desperate rescue mission to find their new friend Forky, voiced by Tony Hale. He's a new toy made out of a spork, a pipe cleaner, Popsicle sticks and a pair of googly eyes brought to life by Bonnie, the little girl introduced in Toy Story 3. Other voice actors include Annie Potts, Jordan Peele, Keegan Michael Key and Keanu Reeves. Rated G.

* Child's Play -- This remake of the classic 1988 horror flick Child's Play features Star Wars' Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky, the killer doll a mother, played by Aubrey Plaza, gives to her son for his birthday, unaware of its sinister nature. Gabriel Bateman and Brian Tyree Henry also star. Rated R.

* Anna -- Russian model/actress Sasha Luss lands her first big role in this action-thriller about a striking beauty who's transformed into an elite assassin. Also starring Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Helen Mirren. Rated R.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* Wild Rose -- Chernobyl actress Jessie Buckly stars in this British musical drama about a single mother from Glasgow, Scotland who dreams of moving to Nashville and becoming a country star. Julie Walters co-stars. Rated R.

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