EUGENE, OR – Zachery Ty Bryan, famous for playing the role of Tim Allen’s son on Home Improvement, was arrested recently in Eugene, Oregon for allegedly strangling and striking his girlfriend.
In local news for me…https://t.co/ftk2mBB8Wu
— Zach Wilson (@televisionaryZW) October 17, 2020
Eugene Police responded to an apartment complex in North Eugene regarding a physical altercation allegedly between Bryan and his girlfriend. When the officers arrived on scene, they located Bryan, who was sitting outside, and his girlfriend, who was hiding in a neighbor’s apartment.
Bryan’s girlfriend alleged that they got into an argument, which lead to Bryan physically attacking her. The unnamed girlfriend reported that Bryan strangled her, which caused her difficulty in breathing.
When she took out her phone to call 911, she alleges that Bryan took her phone away to prevent her from calling. There are no indications if Bryan’s girlfriend was injured in the attack, however, police noted that she did not seek out any type of medical attention.
Eugene Police released a statement regarding the apparent domestic violence investigation:
“An investigation found that during the dispute, Bryan is reported to have assaulted the victim, impeded her breathing, and taken the victim’s phone from her when she tried to call 911. The two have been in a relationship.”
Police were able to develop probable cause and placed Bryan under arrest. He was charged with strangulation, fourth-degree assault, and interfering with making a report.
Bryan had recently announced that he and his wife of over a decade, Carly Matros, had separated on October 1st when he posted on Instagram:
“Almost Fourteen years as best friends, soulmates, and partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage.
“As we enter into this next chapter, our children and relationship as co-parents and dear friends will remain our priority. We understand this news lends itself to public dialogue, but in the interest of our children and our family, we’re asking for privacy, compassion and love during this time.”
Bryan became famous in the 1990s while acting as Brad Taylor, the eldest son on Home Improvement. He also acted in different roles on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Veronica Mars, and Smallville. In addition, he appeared in two movies, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and The Game of Their Lives.
Bryan decided to leave acting behind in 2009 and wanted to pursue interests in producing films. Bryan told Fox News:
“I don’t miss acting at all. It’s my roots, so I will always be open to it, but I always knew that some day I would end working behind-the-scenes.”
Bryan formed Lost Lane Entertainment and a biography on the company’s website says:
“After many fruitful years in front of the camera, Bryan transitioned to television and film production by launching his production entity, Lost Lane Entertainment. Sundance was a special moment for his film, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, winning best director and getting rave reviews for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance and selling to Netflix.
“He had another little Lost Lane gem titled SKIN premiering at TIFF & based on the Live Action Short Film, SKIN, which won the Oscar early 2019. The Feature Length film won the prestigious FIPRESCI award, voted on by critics.
“SKIN tells the true story of a Neo-Nazi who turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.
A24 will distribute SKIN theatrically and has assured Zach that they will put their full might behind SKIN as they did for prior films, MOONLIGHT, LADY BIRD, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, AMERICAN HONEY, EX MACHINA etc…”
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Yet another “Empire” actor in legal hot water, after police arrest Bryshere Gray for domestic violence
July 14, 2020
GOODYEAR, AZ – Another actor from the series “Empire” is making headlines, after police arrested Bryshere Gray following a multi-hour standoff within Goodyear where SWAT was called to enact the arrest.
A suburb along the outskirts of Phoenix, Goodyear is typically known for it’s relatively low-level of crime and police interactions.
Yet, when police were sent out to a call during the evening hours of July 12th after a 911 call alleging domestic violence, the city not only saw some crime – but a nine-hour standoff between police and the suspect.
Officers responded to the Goodyear residence located in the 13000 block of S. 176th Lane at 10:15 p.m. on July 12th, after the wife of Gray called authorities alleging that she’d been assaulted by her husband.
According to a statement released by the Goodyear police department, the following was noted about the interaction between police and the suspect:
“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.”
The victim in the case was said to have been treated for non-life-threatening injuries and was discharged form the hospital not long after the incident. As for Gray, police say that he’s been booked in the Maricopa County Jail under charges for domestic violence.
Speaking of “Empire” actors, who can forget about the infamous Jussie Smollett?
The saga of Jussie Smollett continues. A Cook County judge had denied the actor’s legal team’s motion claiming a violation of double jeopardy in relation to the charges Smollett is currently facing regarding the alleged hate-crime hoax.
Hate crime hoaxer's facile double jeopardy claim rejected https://t.co/fPfjwF6Lmv
— Georgia Log Cabin (@GeorgiaLogCabin) June 14, 2020
Most are likely well-aware at this point what the Smollett case encircles, in which the “Empire” actor claimed he was attacked by two Caucasian men donning MAGA hats and holding a noose in January 2019.
Flash forward to February of 2019, and police had reason to believe that the actor had perpetrated a hoax and actually hired two Nigerian men to stage the hate-crime.
On February 20th, 2019, police had indicted Smollett under charges related to disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. But, by March of that same year, prosecutors decided to drop the case altogether.
The dropping of the charges proved to be a fairly controversial decision and was rightfully met with criticism. So, in February of 2020, Smollett found himself being indicted once again after a special prosecutor conducted an investigation into the alleged 2019 attack and charged Smollett with six counts of filing a false police report.
— PacePublicRelations (@PACE_PR) June 15, 2020
In response to these new charges, Smollett attempted to say that the six counts levied were somehow a violation under the double jeopardy clause.
There’s just one glaring issue with the motion to dismiss the case under the double jeopardy clause: Smollett never actually engaged in any officiated legal proceedings in 2019 since the charges were initially dropped.
Cook County Judge James Linn was quite aware of the aforementioned, and said the following with regard to dismissing Smollett’s motion citing the double jeopardy clause:
“There was no trial in this case, there was no jury empaneled, no witnesses were sworn, no evidence was heard, no guilty pleas were ever entered … nothing like that ever happened. There was no adjudication of this case.”
Jussie Smollett’s new criminal charges do not violate his right against double jeopardy, a Cook County judge ruled Friday https://t.co/OXoGKHePVg
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) June 12, 2020
Basically, Judge Linn gave Smollett the old “nice try buddy” and thus the case is moving forward against the actor.
One person who has seen themselves recently compared to the likes of Smollett is NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace.
It seems that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is doubling-down on his claims of having a “noose” in his assigned garage at Talladega Speedway – despite an FBI investigation concluding that there was no “hate crime” actually committed.
The noose found in Nascar driver Bubba Wallace's garage on Sunday was actually a handle on a garage door and had been there since last year, an FBI investigation concluded.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 24, 2020
There’s an old adage that “if you look for trouble, you’ll find it”. In today’s world, it’s more like “if you look for racism, you’ll find it where it doesn’t exist”. Take for example, a rope used to pull down a garage door.
Wallace was recently assigned a particular garage at Talladega Speedway that had a relatively innocuous rope affixed to a garage door that happened to host a tiny loop at the bottom of it. But, according to Wallace, that rope attached to the garage door was “a straight up noose”.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 24, 2020
While speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon, after the FBI wrapped their investigation, Wallace stated the following:
“I’ve been racing all of my life. We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. So, people that want to call it a garage pull and put out all the videos and photos of knots being as their evidence, go ahead, but from the evidence that we have – and I have – it’s a straight-up noose.”
Well, the FBI managed to find out that the “noose” had been hanging inside of that garage since at least October of 2019. The timeframe is important, as there was literally no way that someone in 8 months earlier could have predicted that Wallace would be assigned that particular garage.
While there are some coming to defend this honor of Wallace online after the discovery that the “noose” was a garage door pull, this has caused Wallace to be granted the online moniker of “Bubba Smollett” for obvious reasons.
Actually, some of the memes cropping up online as a means to troll the NASCAR driver are pretty inventive.
Which, they seemingly come across as just desserts, since the moment that Wallace was told of the “noose” in his garage, he immediately ran to the cameras.
— Hunter’s Pipe (@ShayeMarr) June 23, 2020
Prominent conservative author and commentator Dinesh D’Souza posed his opinion as to what may have spawned the motivation to make this a national headline:
“Before this, hardly anyone heard of [Bubba Wallace]. Now everyone has. So there’s motive for you! #BubbaSmollett”
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 23, 2020
Whether or not one agrees with D’Souza’s theory on the motivation, there’s truth to the matter in that while hardly anyone outside of the NASCAR fandom would know who Bubba Wallace is – now he’s plastered online and in the news non-stop.
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