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Elizabeth Banks claims she was once told by a Hollywood agent to ‘get a boob job’

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Elizabeth Banks claims she was once told by a Hollywood agent to 'get a boob job'

Elizabeth Banks is spreading a message to women about self-love.

The “Pitch Perfect” series actress and executive producer told reporters on Monday of her difficult time accepting herself as a young and struggling performer in the cut-throat entertainment business.

“I hope it doesn’t surprise anyone, I’m not always comfortable in my own skin either, and I remember when I first came to Hollywood,” Banks began. “My very first meeting in Hollywood was with an agent who told me I should get a boob job – and I left the meeting.”

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“I did not get a boob job, and I decided that I was going to be happy and comfortable with who I was,” Banks explained at the Television Critics’ Association Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif.

She told People magazine in 2017 that she was too broke to go forward with the procedure. “I was so grateful that I didn’t have enough money at the time to follow his advice,” she said. “I also did not sign with him despite that.”

Banks, 45, is an executive producer for the upcoming Hulu original series, “Shrill,” an adaptation based on the book “Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman,” written by Lindy West. The series, starring “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Aidy Bryant, 31, chronicles the life of Annie, a fat young woman who wants to change her life – but not her body.

(L-R) Ian Owens, Ali Rushfield, John Cameron Mitchell, Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Elizabeth Banks, Lindy West and Luka Jones speak onstage during the Hulu Panel during the Winter TCA 2019 on February 11, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif.

(L-R) Ian Owens, Ali Rushfield, John Cameron Mitchell, Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Elizabeth Banks, Lindy West and Luka Jones speak onstage during the Hulu Panel during the Winter TCA 2019 on February 11, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif.
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Over the course of the show, Annie is thrust into a world where she must manage her career while juggling bad boyfriends, an obsessive boss and a sick parent – a life that Banks says is easily relatable not only to millennials but viewers of all demographics.

Banks’ vision behind the camera isn’t one to scoff at. The Emmy-nominated actress’ production company Brownstone Productions, which she co-founded with husband Max Handelman, is best-known for the hit “Pitch Perfect” franchise, which has grossed over a half-billion worldwide – and being at the helm of the 2019 “Charlie’s Angels” reboot, Banks says calling the shots behind the camera is a welcomed change.

“I felt that I was sort of underused and I have more to offer, just like this character does,” Banks explained. “In Hollywood, I wasn’t living my fullest dreams here, and I was here and I didn’t really have any other career to fall back on – I had been doing it for too long.”

The “Modern Family” actress continued: “So, I just thought I wanted to be in control of the stories I wanted to tell. I didn’t need to join the train at the end – I could be in the front of the train, get that train moving and then get to work with these talented and incredible people and tell this really great story. I really feel strongly about female-centric storytelling and providing opportunity for more women in Hollywood.”

“Shrill” premieres on Friday, March 15 on Hulu.

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Jussie Smollett has ‘no plans’ to meet with Chicago police Monday, despite request

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Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett say there are “no plans” for him to meet with Chicago police Monday for a follow-up interview about his alleged assault, even though law enforcement has requested one.

“There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today,” Anne Kavanagh, a spokesperson for Smollett’s attorneys, said in a statement on Monday obtained by The Wrap. “Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate. Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf.”

On Saturday, a Chicago police spokesperson said Smollett is no longer considered a victim in the case that allegedly involved an attack by two masked men who shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at the actor and, “This is MAGA country!”

JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S LAWYERS DENY HE PLANNED ATTACK AFTER CHICAGO POLICE CLAIM HE’S NO LONGER CONSIDERED A VICTIM IN CASE

Police earlier said that the “trajectory of the investigation” shifted and that they wanted to conduct another interview with Smollett about the alleged hate crime last month. Police released two Nigerian brothers who were held for questioning about the reported attack. They were released late Friday without charges.

L-R: Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in the "Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils" episode of "Empire."

L-R: Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in the “Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils” episode of “Empire.”
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“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,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement at the time. “We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

‘EMPIRE’ STAR JUSSIE SMOLLETT SPEAKS OUT AFTER ALLEGED HATE CRIME ATTACK

The men were arrested Wednesday night after investigators tracked their movement on surveillance cameras in the area where Smollett said the attack occurred. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, said he was attacked by two masked men on Jan. 29 as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. Police have said they were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime and earlier considered Smollett a victim.

Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, vehemently denied that the attack was a hoax, previously telling press, “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized 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.”

Singer Jussie Smollett during his concert at The Troubadour Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. Smollett opened the concert with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win. (AP Photo/Andrew Dalton)

Singer Jussie Smollett during his concert at The Troubadour Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. Smollett opened the concert with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win. (AP Photo/Andrew Dalton)

JUSSIE SMOLLETT DEFENDED BY CRISIS MANAGER AFTER POLICE SAY PHONE RECORDS WERE ‘INSUFFICIENT’

“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity,” the statement continued. “Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.”

A rep for Smollett did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Michael Tobin and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett say there are “no plans” for him to meet with Chicago police Monday for a follow-up interview about his alleged assault, even though law enforcement has requested one.

“There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today,” Anne Kavanagh, a spokesperson for Smollett’s attorneys, said in a statement on Monday obtained by The Wrap. “Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate. Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf.”

On Saturday, a Chicago police spokesperson said Smollett is no longer considered a victim in the case that allegedly involved an attack by two masked men who shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at the actor and, “This is MAGA country!”

JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S LAWYERS DENY HE PLANNED ATTACK AFTER CHICAGO POLICE CLAIM HE’S NO LONGER CONSIDERED A VICTIM IN CASE

Police earlier said that the “trajectory of the investigation” shifted and that they wanted to conduct another interview with Smollett about the alleged hate crime last month. Police released two Nigerian brothers who were held for questioning about the reported attack. They were released late Friday without charges.

L-R: Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in the "Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils" episode of "Empire."

L-R: Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in the “Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils” episode of “Empire.”
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“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,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement at the time. “We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

‘EMPIRE’ STAR JUSSIE SMOLLETT SPEAKS OUT AFTER ALLEGED HATE CRIME ATTACK

The men were arrested Wednesday night after investigators tracked their movement on surveillance cameras in the area where Smollett said the attack occurred. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, said he was attacked by two masked men on Jan. 29 as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. Police have said they were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime and earlier considered Smollett a victim.

Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, vehemently denied that the attack was a hoax, previously telling press, “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized 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.”

Singer Jussie Smollett during his concert at The Troubadour Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. Smollett opened the concert with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win. (AP Photo/Andrew Dalton)

Singer Jussie Smollett during his concert at The Troubadour Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. Smollett opened the concert with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win. (AP Photo/Andrew Dalton)

JUSSIE SMOLLETT DEFENDED BY CRISIS MANAGER AFTER POLICE SAY PHONE RECORDS WERE ‘INSUFFICIENT’

“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity,” the statement continued. “Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.”

A rep for Smollett did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Michael Tobin and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Al Sharpton says Jussie Smollett should ‘face accountability to the maximum’ if attack was orchestrated

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Al Sharpton says Jussie Smollett should ‘face accountability to the maximum’ if attack was orchestrated

When “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by two masked men yelling racist and homophobic epithets, as well as “This is MAGA country,” MSNBC host Al Sharpton came out in support of the star.

“We can’t make people love each other, but we can sure hold them accountable if they harm each other,” Sharpton said at the end of his “Final Thoughts” segment headlined, “We’re with you Jussie.”

But amid multiple reports this weekend that Smollett may have been involved in orchestrating the attack, Sharpton, who made his name in the 1980s as the spokesperson Tawana Brawley in what turned out to be false claims she was raped by four white men, changed his tune on-air on Sunday.

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Sharpton still thinks someone should be punished, but his tune has changed as these new reports emerged.

“If it is found that Smollett and these gentlemen did, in some way, perpetrate something that is not true, they ought to face accountability to the maximum,” Sharpton said referring to the actor and two men linked to him who have been questioned by police. “Let us get to the bottom of it, and let justice be done, no matter who is right or wrong.”

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Smollett, who is black and openly gay, has claimed he was attacked by two masked men early on Jan. 29 as he walked to his Chicago apartment from a Subway restaurant. Smollett alleged the men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at him.

Sharpton famously lost a defamation suit when the Brawley attack was eventually found not to have happened. Now, there are reports that Smollett might have also orchestrated an alleged attack — as local reports have cited sources saying the attack was a hoax, though the Chicago Police Department has not confirmed that.

Last week, Chicago police questioned two Nigerian brothers in the reported attack but released them Friday without charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the pair had given officers information that had “shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”

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“While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what’s been unofficially released, there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident, ” Guglielmi said Sunday.

In this 1988 file photo, Tawana Brawley speaks to reporters with her adviser the Rev. Al Sharpton in Chicago.

In this 1988 file photo, Tawana Brawley speaks to reporters with her adviser the Rev. Al Sharpton in Chicago.
(AP)

Smollett received an outpouring of support from politicians and celebs when he first went public about the alleged attack in January. Smollett reportedly has claimed at least one of the attackers said to him, “this is MAGA country,” in reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan.

The Brawley rape allegations in the late 1980s left an entire community on the brink of “civil war” – and a recent Fox Nation documentary took a closer look at one of the most racially-charged legal sagas in American history.

The New York teen’s claims — in which she said she was allegedly raped in the woods by multiple white men in Wappingers Falls, New York, and then left wrapped in a feces-covered plastic bag with racial slurs written on her body — helped springboard the careers of activists including Sharpton. But after an extensive investigation filled with twists and turns, a grand jury found the allegations to be an elaborate hoax.

Smollett’s lawyer has denied his client had anything to do with his alleged attack in Chicago.

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” attorneys Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said in a statement. “He has now been further victimized 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.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Greg Norman and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

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