Bryshere Gray, a star of the hit series Empire, was arrested on Monday morning at 7 a.m. on domestic violence charges in Phoenix, Arizona. 

The Goodyear Police Department posted Gray’s mugshot and a statement on its Facebook page that read, “Goodyear Police Arrest ‘Empire’ Actor, Bryshere Gray on Domestic Violence Charges.”

“On Sunday night, July 12, 2020, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Goodyear Police responded to a 911 call that an adult female victim had been allegedly assaulted at her Goodyear home by her husband, who she identified as Gray, an actor on the TV series ‘Empire.’ She was treated and released for her non life-threatening injuries. Goodyear Detectives and Victim’s Advocate continued to assist her after her discharge from the hospital.”

The statement concluded, “Goodyear Police responded to the Goodyear residence located in the 13000 block of S. 176th Lane, Goodyear, in an effort to contact Gray, but he refused to come out and speak with officers. Goodyear SWAT and Crisis Negotiations were called out to assist. Just after 7:00 am, Gray was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on domestic violence charges.”


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Goodyear Police Arrest “Empire” Actor, Bryshere Gray on Domestic Violence Charges On Sunday night, July 12, 2020, at…

Posted by Goodyear Police Department on Monday, July 13, 2020

The woman who claimed to be Gray’s wife said she was choked until she passed out. After escaping, she asked someone for help at a gas station close by. 

Gray played the character Hakeem Lyon on Empire. His character was known for his entitled attitude and bratty behavior. The series had recently finished its sixth and final season. It was canceled after another member of the cast’s criminal investigation. Jussie Smollett is being investigated for falsely reporting a hate crime against him.

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