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'Empire' actor arrested in Arizona, accused of abusing wife

Bryshere Gray played the role of Hakeem Lyon

Bryshere Gray played the role of Hakeem Lyon for six seasons on Fox's "Empire," which wrapped in April. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP

“Empire” actor Bryshere Gray has been arrested in Arizona on accusations of abusing his wife, police said.

The Goodyear Police Department said Gray, 26, was booked into the Maricopa County jail Monday morning on charges of aggravated assault, assault and disorderly conduct.

The woman who called the authorities had visible injuries when she flagged someone down to ask for help near Gray's home in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, saying that her husband had assaulted her, police said. She told emergency responders that Gray had strangled her, and she was taken to a hospital, authorities said.

According to The Hollywood Reporter citing a news release on the arrest, the woman made the call after the person she flagged down at a gas station gave her a ride. She told that individual that she had been assaulted for several hours. Per the release, the woman had "numerous visible injuries" on her body and said that Gray had strangled her to the point where she once lost consciousness.

Gray refused to leave his home when police arrived but was arrested around 7 a.m. after SWAT and crisis negotiators responded, according to authorities. 

The woman was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries and has been released, police said.

According to THR, it was not immediately clear if Gray has a lawyer. A representative for the actor did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the entertainment news website.

Gray, who played Hakeem Lyon on the Chicago-based TV show, was pulled over in Chicago in 2019 after authorities said a temporary license plate didn’t match the 2014 Rolls-Royce he was driving. He was arrested on a misdemeanor registration charge and ticketed.

“Empire,” which ran for six seasons on Fox, aired its series finale in April.

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