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Jussie Smollett Alleged Attack: Everything We Know So Far

In the weeks since Jussie Smollett told Chicago police that he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack, there has been one shocking development after another. Investigators continued to search for the perpetrators of what was initially described as a “possible hate crime” before a grand jury heard evidence that the 36-year-old had staged the assault.

The Empire star reported that he was attacked in the early hours of January 29. Days later, he spoke out for the first time since the incident, stating that he was “working with authorities and [has] been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level.” He also returned to work, performing a concert in West Hollywood before returning to the set of his Fox musical drama.

Smollett appeared on Good Morning America on February 14 for his first interview about the alleged attack. He became emotional at one point, saying that he was “forever changed” and felt “pissed off” by both the incident itself and the skepticism swirling on social media.

A major development in the case came on February 15 when police arrested two possible suspects, but they were released soon after without charges. Multiple reports later surfaced accusing the actor of staging the attack, which he has repeatedly and vehemently denied. However, on February 20, he was charged with felony disorderly conduct for making a false police report.

Scroll down for a comprehensive timeline to stay up-to-date on everything we know about the story so far.

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“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reportedly staged an attack against himself in late January after a “racist” letter sent to the TV show’s studio, which contained a white powder, did not get a “bigger reaction,” according to a local Chicago news station.

A source told CBS Chicago the actor allegedly “concocted” the “staged” Jan. 29 attack and paid his “acquaintances”—brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo—over $ 3,000 to carry it out.

Smollett reportedly opened the letter on Jan. 22 at Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, and the white powder prompted a HAZMAT team to respond. Chicago Police Department told the news station that the substance turned out to be asprin. Cinespace Studios would not comment to The Daily Beast about the incident. Fox, “Empire’s” network, also declined to provide comment or confirmation.

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Two Nigerian Brothers Arrested In Alleged Attack Of Jussie Smollett

In the Jussie Smollet investigation, police have now arrested those 2 men who are brothers with ties to “Empire.” Specifically, they were booked for battery.

The two brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, are from Nigeria and Chicago cops are now calling them “potential suspects” … as opposed to persons of interest. As was reported earlier, their home was raided on Thursday and police seized a long list of potential evidence … including several bottles of bleach.

A Chicago law enforcement source tells TMZ that the next step may be a lineup in which Jussie will be asked to identify the culprits.

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That is so scary! According to brand new reports, Usher and Rich the Kid were both at a recording studio in West Hollywood when someone opened fire, attacking the two stars’ entourages!

TMZ claims that a few armed men took Usher and Rich’s associates by storm, pistol whipping violently at least one bodyguard.

Unfortunately, the terrifying attack did not end there as the attackers reportedly shot about ten bullets while escaping the scene.

Thankfully, it is being reported that nobody was hit by the bullets which means that they are generally unharmed.

WeHo Sheriff’s department is currently investigating the scary attack.

The news outlet also claims that Usher was safe inside the studio when the attack happened, but that was not the case with Rich the Kid who was outside at the time!

Civilian Public Information Officer for LA’s County Sheriff’s Office, Nicole Nishida released a statement via HollywoodLife that reads: ‘I cannot confirm Usher was involved, but I can confirm the fact that at approximately 3:27 today multiple suspects allegedly robbed victims at a local business and shots were fired.’

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‘For motivational purposes only,’ Rich wrote in the caption.

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After suffering a brutal attack in Chicago, Jussie Smollett has canceled the meet and greet that was supposed to take place tonight before his performance at the Troubador in Los Angeles. The event was canceled due to safety reasons.

“For security reasons we cannot accommodate any meet & greets,” the email that was sent to fans said according to TMZ. The email was sent to all the fans who purchased meet and greet tickets letting them know that their money will be refunded.

The Empire star was assaulted by Trump supporters early Tuesday (Jan. 29) morning while on his way home after a flight from New York to Chicago. Two white men in ski masks reportedly brutally beat Smollett, leaving him with fractured ribs. They also poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck and screamed  “This is MAGA Country.”

Almost two weeks before the attack, a note with cut out letters was reportedly sent to FOX Studios addressed to Smollett that read “You will die black f—-t.” In the top corner of the envelope, the senders wrote MAGA.

The incident is being investigated by Chicago Police.

Smollett released a statement after the attack thanking fans for their support.

“Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served. As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender confirming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident but I need a moment to process.”

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Jussie Smollett Cancels Meet and Greet Over Security Concerns After Attack

Playing it safe. Jussie Smollett, who was attacked in an apparent hate crime that left him hospitalized in Chicago on Tuesday, January 29, has canceled a scheduled meet and greet with fans in L.A. over safety concerns, TMZ reports.

According to the outlet, ticket-holders for the Empire actor’s show at the Troubadour on Saturday, February 2, received an email informing them that Smollett would not be appearing for the meet and greet portion of the show.

“Jussie is so honored to perform for his fans, friends and family on Saturday night,” the email read. “However, please forgive us. For security reasons we cannot accommodate any meet & greets. Your meet & greet upgrade can either be refunded, or donated to the Black AIDS Institute in your name … Thank you for understanding and thank you for your continuous love and support.”

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Earlier on Friday, the Marshall star, 35, spoke out about the attack for the first time. “Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words,” he said in a statement to Essence on Friday, February 1.

The actor continued: “I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served. As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process. Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me. With Love, respect & honor … Jussie.”

One day prior, the Mighty Ducks star’s family released a statement to Us Weekly about the incident, saying, “In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack. We want to be clear — this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive. Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed.”

Celebrities, including Smollett’s Empire costars, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, also spoke out against his attackers and gave some insight into the “Hurt People” singer’s state of mind.

“You know, he’s angry, but I know Jussie,” the Oscar nominee, 49, said during an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday, January 30. “Jussie’s anger will dissipate and he will forgive these people for what they did. But he won’t — and we cannot — forget their actions. They have to be forgiven because it was done out of ignorance.”

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed to Us on Tuesday that Smollett, who spoke about his sexuality to Out magazine in March 2016, was hospitalized after being assaulted by two unidentified subjects who yelled “racial and homophobic slurs toward him.”

“The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim,” Guglielmi told Us. “At some point during the incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck. … Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime.”

Smollett transported himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was released on Tuesday in “good condition.”

Chicago police confirmed to Us on Wednesday that they had found potential persons of interest in a surveillance video.

Us has reached out to Smollett’s rep for comment.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Detectives reviewed surveillance footage of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett walking to his downtown Chicago apartment, but so far none of the video shows him being attacked by two masked men, although investigators have obtained images of people they would like to question, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted photos of the “persons of interest” Wednesday evening.

 

 

Investigators “for the most part” can confirm the route Smollett took early Tuesday when he says he was attacked along a street in the Streeterville neighborhood after visiting a sandwich shop, Guglielmi said. However, there are gaps, and none of the footage shows an attack, he said, although the review is ongoing.

Smollett, who is black and gay and plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox television show, said the men beat him, subjected him to racist and homophobic insults, threw an “unknown chemical substance” on him and put a thin rope around his neck before fleeing.

Guglielmi said detectives, who are investigating the allegations as a possible hate crime, have looked at hundreds of hours of surveillance video from businesses and hotels in the heavily monitored area. But he said they still need to collect and view more. He said they are expanding the search to include footage from public buses and buildings beyond the scene’s immediate vicinity in the hopes of spotting the men who match Smollett’s description of the suspects.

“We haven’t seen anybody, at this point, matching the description he gave. Nobody looks menacing, and we didn’t find a container anywhere,” Guglielmi said, referring to a container for the liquid that the actor said was thrown at him.

Smollett has not spoken publicly about the attack, but his representative told The Associated Press Wednesday night that the actor “is at home and recovering.”

Now in its fifth season, the hourlong drama follows an African-American family as they navigate the ups and downs of the record industry. Smollett’s character is the middle son of Empire Entertainment founder Lucious Lyon and Cookie Lyon, played by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, respectively.

After the attack, Smollett returned to his apartment, and his manager called police from there about 40 minutes later, Guglielmi said. When officers arrived, the actor had cuts and scrapes on his face and the rope around his neck that he said had been put there by his assailant. According to Guglielmi, the 36-year-old later went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after police advised him to do so.

The FBI is investigating a threatening letter targeting Smollett that was sent last week to the Fox studio in Chicago where “Empire” is filmed, Guglielmi said. The FBI did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Bobby Rush, a Democratic congressman from Chicago, issued a statement calling on the agency to conduct “an immediate and sweeping civil rights investigation into the racist and homophobic attack.”

In addition to his acting career, Smollett has a music career and is a noted activist, particularly on LBGTQ issues. Smollett’s representative said his concert scheduled for Saturday in Los Angeles will go on as planned.

The report of the attack drew a flood of outrage and support for Smollett on social media. Among the many celebrities and politicians who weighed in was California Sen. Kamala Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful who knows Smollett. She called the attack “outrageous” and “awful.”

Some of the outrage stems from Smollett’s account to detectives that his attackers yelled that he was in “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to the Trump campaign’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

Chicago has one of the nation’s most sophisticated and extensive video surveillance systems, including thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses and in train tunnels.

Police say the cameras have helped them make thousands of arrests. In one of the best-known examples of the department’s use of the cameras, investigators in 2009 were able to recreate a school board president’s 20-minute drive through the city, singling out his car on a succession of surveillance cameras to help them determine that he committed suicide and had not been followed and killed by someone else, as his friends speculated.

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Chicago Police Investigating Possible Hate Crime Attack Against Empire Actor

Chicago police say they are investigating a possible hate crime against Empire star Jussie Smollett early Tuesday.

Smollett reported that he was approached by two men as he was walking down a Chicago street. The men allegedly began yelling racial and homophobic slurs at him and beat Smollett’s face with their hands, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Police said Smollett told them that the attackers poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him and wrapped a rope around his neck.

The two attackers then fled the scene and Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital. He is in “good” condition,” police said.

Smollett, an openly gay actor, is best known for his starring role on the FOX hit Empire, where he plays the role of Jamal Lyon. His character on the show is also gay.

Police said they are taking the allegations very seriously as they continue their hate crime investigation.

20th Century Fox said the studio was “saddened and outraged” to learn of the alleged attack.

“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night,” the statement said. “We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”

Celebrities are weighing in on the incident. Empire co-star Vivica A. Fox tweeted she is angry and hurt over the attack and said “THIS MUST STOP!! SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE!”

Actress Zendaya tweeted that the attack is “heartbreaking and terrifying.”

Television producer Shonda Rhimes asked if anyone knew who was responsible for the attack to report them to the police.


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Four Profoundly Concerning Issues Remain About That Attack on a McDonald’s Worker

The recent attack on a McDonald’s worker was just the latest episode of ‘come for a black woman.” The now-viral video shows Daniel Willis Taylor–a white man–attacking Yamine James, an employee at a McDonald’s in St. Petersburg, Florida. The video shows Taylor, 40, yelling at James before laying hands on the petite woman — grabbing her by the collar and almost snatching her over the counter — and in retaliation, James served him a two-piece, a three-piece and a quarter-pound ass whooping in-kind. And while many hail the young black woman for making her attacker an accidental victim, everything about this scenario is unsettling. Also disappointing is the public response. The Young Turks, a popular podcast, referred to the occurrence as a “feel good story” in a Jan. 3, Facebook post. The video has since been removed. But like diamonds, screenshots are forever.

 

What happened to 20-year-old James is not a feel good story–it’s a deplorable one. Consider the emotional toll the situation took on James. In a news release from Civil Liberty Law, she stated:

“I am not only physically hurt, but I am emotionally hurt that I was left to defend myself even as I was surrounded by my co-workers and other bystanders.”

Those statements are far removed from anything that feels good — they are the antithesis. Here are four profoundly concerning issues about the video that speaks to what is fundamentally wrong with society.

 

Black Women are an Endangered Species

 

From the workplace to hospital labor rooms, black women are subject to violence. In December of last year, BLACK ENTERPRISE reported on the workplace safety of black women. We are also mistreated and under-treated in healthcare, particularly around childbirth. Recent studies show “African American women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women,” BE also reported. Serena Williams gave a firsthand account to CNN on her own run-in with nurses and physicians who dismissed her health concerns after childbirth. The tennis star damn near died. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported the overwhelming disparity in attacks on black women:

-Four out of ten black women are affected by domestic violence; a rate higher than other races.

-Black women are bullied and coerced and psychologically and verbally abused more than any race of women

-Over 20% of black women are raped in their lifetimes which is at a higher rate than all women. 

 

White Supremacy has Folks Shook

The disturbing video shows a white man flaunting his whiteness and several male employees yielding to it. One employee watched as James defended herself and only intervened once it was clear she had the advantage over her assailant. Even worse, his intent seems to be  stopping James rather than the white man.  As Taylor continued to rant and call James “bitch,” not one male employee responded; each stood around Taylor attempting to “tame” her. Clearly, chivalry is dead, but white intimidation is not.

Public De-Sensitivity to Violence

Americans were caught off guard when Mamie Till had an open casket funeral, revealing her son Emmett Till’s mutilated face. He was brutally beaten and killed by two white men — allegedly for flirting with a white woman. American were outraged when a video of Rodney King being brutalized by police surfaced. 

Thanks to social media, shock over violent acts has waned. The public has limitless access to violence and trauma porn — so much so it is no longer triggering to witness violence in real time. Currently, video of James’ attack has 63,000 comments, was shared 75,000 times. His video was not the only one captured. Which says people were more concerned with using their phones to record the violent attack opposed to dialing 911.

Food Workers are At-Risk

James’ assault shows that food service workers risk physical violence but data also shows that segment of the workforce is especially at-risk. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission revealed food service workers are more subject to workplace sexual harassment than employees at higher paying fields. Food service workers along with other service employees, made up nearly 50% of the sexual harassment complaints filed, reported Chron. Out 85,000 complaints made between 2005 and 2015, over 14% came from “accommodations and food service industry.” To add insult to injury food service workers rank among low-wage earners.


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Cardi B Ordered to Appear in Court for Alleged Bartender Attack or Face Arrest

The judge presiding over the Cardi B strip club beatdown case isn’t playing around!

If she doesn’t show up in court, she WILL be arrested.

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Cardi’s legal team was in court Monday — without the rapper — for a hearing about the August incident. We’re told prosecutors expressed their frustration that Cardi herself was a no-show considering they’ve already given her a 6-week extension on the case … so they asked the judge to issue a bench warrant.

The judge denied the immediate request, but did issue a serious warning — Cardi must appear in court Friday morning — or there will most likely be a warrant issued. 

Cardi’s defense team also revealed in court they’ve been having a tough time getting in touch with her directly — instead only communicating through Cardi’s management team — and only found out Thursday Cardi had a prior commitment that would prevent her from attending Monday’s hearing.

TMZ broke the story … Cardi is accused of unleashing her posse on 2 strip club bartenders — Jade and Baddie Gi — and badly injuring both. Jade told us … prior to the attack, Cardi had threatened her for months, accusing the two of sleeping with her husband, Offset.

Did we mention that these are the same bartenders Nicki Minaj recently featured in her “Good Form” music video? 

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Roseanne Barr Shuts Down Heart Attack Rumors: ‘I’m Fine’

Setting the record straight. Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to deny rumors she suffered a heart attack after a man claiming to be her assistant called a radio host to say that she was ill.

“I’m fine,” the former Roseanne star, 66, captioned a photo of herself wearing a faux corset T-shirt and leggings on Saturday, November 24.

She elaborated with a second tweet, writing, “I was the victim of a prank. I’ve had no medical issues. I’m spending time at home with my family and relaxing.”

Earlier on Saturday, a man named Frank who claimed to be Roseanne’s assistant called Sputnik News radio host Lee Stranahan while he was recording a live Periscope video to say that she was suffering a medical emergency.

“Yes, this is Roseanne’s assistant,” the man can be heard saying in a clip. “This is Roseanne’s assistant, Frank … She just had a heart attack. I’m trying to figure out exactly what to do about this.”

He continued, “You left her a voicemail, email? And you were talking about underwear and stuff?”

Stranahan, 53, tweeted about the incident on Saturday. “I was doing a call-in segment about Zionism on Periscope when the phone rang, saying it was my friend @therealroseanne,” he wrote. “I was surprised but it’s a topic she’s interested in so … It was her assistant, saying she’d had a heart attack. This went out live. I don’t know her status.”

He also tweeted, “Please send prayers to @therealroseanne.”

The talk show host clarified on Twitter that the call came from Barr’s real phone number and that he had indeed previously left her a voicemail about underwear as a joke.

Later that day, he gave fans an update, tweeting, “I’ve spoken to her on the phone. She is fine. This is so weird.”

Barr has largely remained out of the spotlight since the reboot of her ABC series, Roseanne, was canceled in May over a tweet the comedian posted in which she made a racist slur against former White House aide Valerie Jarrett.

Its spinoff, The Conners, debuted in September without Barr.

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Trump politicizes Thanksgiving call with troops to attack migrants, judges

President Donald Trump, in Thanksgiving morning call with military members, made political arguments about the need for stronger border security and better trade deals, a stark departure from typical holiday greetings from the commander in chief.


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Did Alt-Right Brothers Plan Pittsburgh-Style Attack Before Suicide?

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New court documents have shed fresh light on a possible plot in Washington, D.C., planned for the same day as the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre in October.

The case centers on 23-year-old Edward William Clark, who killed himself on Washington’s isolated Roosevelt Island on Oct. 27, just hours after the synagogue shooting allegedly perpetrated by Robert Bowers.

Clark, according to relatives interviewed by the FBI, believed in a “race revolution” and “wanted to expedite it.”

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House Democrats, now in power, will steer health policy, attack drug prices

Democrats will control the House and its powerful health committees for first time since passing Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act.
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‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Plans an ‘Attack on Titan’ Movie; Here’s Everything We Know

'It' Director Andy Muschietti Plans an 'Attack on Titan' Movie; Here's Everything We Know

After his achievement with last year's record-breaking adaptation of Stephen King's It, Andy Muschietti should be able to do anything his heart desires — once he delivers the sequel, It: Chapter Two, of course. For his next project, the filmmaker, who got his start turning his own short film into the feature Mama, care of mentorship from Guillermo del Toro, could even take things a little easy.

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Trump Adds A Global Pricing Plan To Wide Attack On Drug Prices, But Doubts Persist

President Donald Trump’s new pledge to crack down on “the global freeloading” in prescription drugs had a sense of déjà vu.

Five months ago, Trump unveiled a blueprint to address prohibitive drug prices, and his administration has been feverishly rolling out ideas ranging from posting drug prices on television ads to changing the rebates that flow between drugmakers and industry middlemen.

Thursday, Trump proposed having Medicare base what it pays for some expensive drugs on the average prices in other industrialized countries, such as France and Germany, where prices are much lower. The proposal is in the early stages of rule-making and awaiting public comments.

The U.S., Trump said, will “confront one of the most unfair practices, almost unimaginable that it hasn’t been taken care of long before this.”

The proposal was met with hope and skepticism, with several experts saying they were happy the administration was taking on Medicare Part B’s rising drug prices but questioning its approach.

Walid Gellad, director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh, said in an online post that the administration’s proposed solutions were unclear. And, he said, they would “face insurmountable challenges.”

While some industry watchers pointed to the announcement as a political move, Wells Fargo pharmaceutical analyst David Maris said that this is a broader effort by the president and his administration to attack the root causes of high drug prices.

“The reality is he could very easily not take this on and do what other administrations have done and let the prices keep rising.”

Trump, too, promised more to come and said he will soon announce “some things that will really be tremendous.” On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that, as promised in the blueprint, there would be more changes to Medicare Part D, which covers most prescriptions. Ian Spatz, a public policy expert and senior adviser at Manatt Health, said the overall blueprint was “unprecedented in terms of how many different ideas and areas of ideas that it contained.”

Nothing would happen overnight. The proposal to require drug prices in TV ads could be delayed by litigation and notably, if implemented, does not include any penalties for companies who fail to post their prices.

The proposed rebate rule was delivered to the Office of Management and Budget in July. Matt Brow, president of industry consulting firm Avalere Health, said he expects the administration to publish the rule for comment by year’s end.

Trump’s international pricing plan is not as far along as the rebate proposal. Rather, it is an “advanced notice of proposed rule-making.” The proposed rule could come in spring 2019, and Azar said the new model could begin in late 2019 or early 2020.

Yet, on Friday, Azar signaled the proposal could change, telling an audience at the Brookings Institution that the administration is “open to any number of alternative ideas.”

Avalere’s Brow said there is a good chance the proposal will change significantly.

“The sweeping nature of the proposal makes the stakes higher and makes it harder to implement,” Brow said.

If the administration moves forward, it would bypass Congress and implement a pilot under the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s purview. The pilot would phase in over five years and apply to 50 percent of the country. Azar said there would be no changes to Medicare benefits and no restrictions on patient access.

The proposal focuses on drugs covered under Medicare Part B, which are administered in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices. It also would alter the reimbursement formula for doctors and providers and would allow private-sector vendors to purchase drugs and then sell them to doctors and hospitals. Medicare would reimburse those vendors at the international pricing level.

Currently, doctors and hospitals administering Part B drugs are reimbursed the average price of a drug plus 6 percent. President Barack Obama’s administration attempted to alter Part B as well but drew intense lobbying opposition and eventually withdrew a proposed pilot project.

Allan Coukell, senior director for health programs at Pew Charitable Trusts, said removing incentives that reward doctors for purchasing costlier drugs and bringing in a new way to control prices “makes a lot of sense.” Drug spending within Medicare Part B reached $ 22 billion in 2015, and drug costs have increased by an average of 8.6 percent annually since 2007.

Stephen Ubl, president of the industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, said imposing foreign price controls from countries with socialized health care systems would harm patients and hinder drug discovery and development.

Azar, a former executive at pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly, told reporters Thursday that “you may hear the tired talking points” that this will affect innovation. He disputed that idea, concluding that “less than 1 percent of pharma [research and development] could potentially be impacted by this change.”


KHN’s coverage of prescription drug development, costs and pricing is supported in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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Army officer-turned-terrorist thought attack would save mother’s soul, letters show

Newly published excerpts of jailhouse letters from U.S. Army officer-turned-terrorist Nidal Hasan show that he is almost completely without remorse for the lives he took.
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Andrew Gillum’s Campaign Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter for GOP’s Attack Ad Aired During Hurricane

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Andrew Gillum’s campaign for Florida governor has sent a cease-and-desist letter to television stations airing his opponent’s attack ad while the dangerous Hurricane Michael bore down on the state.

The ad in support of Republican candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis was paid for by the state GOP and was aired locally as both Gillum—the mayor of Tallahassee—and Republican Gov. Rick Scott were busy dealing with the storm’s effects on the Panhandle region.

“It is abundantly clear that Congressman DeSantis is a liar who has no respect for Floridians and no positive vision for our state,” said the Gillum campaign’s communications director Johanna Cervone. “His latest attack ad is indicative of a candidate with no moral compass who has resorted to desperate and dirty lies in order to score political points during a natural disaster.”

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Kanye West Comes Under Attack For Pro-Trump Speech On SNL

Kanye West came under attack over a politically-charged speech he delivered in support of President Donald Trump during last weekend’s Saturday Night Live premiere. After playing “I Love It” on SNL, the 41 year-old rapper sang “Ghost Town from Ye” wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. The show ended with an unscripted, pro-Trump rant by West: “It’s so many times that I talk to l
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Ex-TCU Quarterback Trevone Boykin Charged In March Attack

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Christian University quarterback Trevone Boykin has been formally charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking his girlfriend and breaking her jaw at his home in March.

Boykin was indicted Friday in Fort Worth and is free on bond. He denies the allegations.

Prosecutors say the attack was captured on security system video at Boykin’s home in Mansfield.

The Seattle Seahawks released the 24-year-old Boykin from the team’s practice squad shortly after reports of the attack surfaced.

It’s not Boykins’ first run-in with the law. He was arrested in Dallas last year on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and marijuana possession, though the case was later dismissed. In 2016, he pleaded no contest to resisting arrest stemming from an incident shortly before the 2015 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. He was suspended for that game and was sentenced to a year of deferred adjudication probation.

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