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10. Jussie Smollett

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The "Empire" actor became embroiled in controversy after the actor reported a hate crime attack in January which investigators later concluded had been a false claim meant to boost his public profile.

The City of Chicago later filed a lawsuit against him, seeking to recover more than $130,000 to cover police overtime during the investigation.

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett, center, leaves the Leighton Criminal Court Building after a hearing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

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