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‘Empire’ Star Bryshere Gray Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Wife; Had All-Night Standoff With SWAT Team

Bryshere Gray, 26, refused to exit his home for almost nine hours after authorities were called, according to police in Goodyear, Arizona.

By Daniel Egitto
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An actor from the TV show “Empire” was arrested Monday after allegedly assaulting his wife and getting in an all-night standoff with a SWAT team.

Police were called Sunday night to a Circle K convenience store in Goodyear, Arizona to take a domestic violence report. A woman said she'd fled her home after allegedly being assaulted for hours by her husband, identified as "Empire" actor Bryshere Gray, local newspaper the Goodyear Independent reported. The woman had numerous visible injuries and claimed that at one point her husband had strangled her, causing her to briefly lose consciousness, the newspaper reported, citing authorities.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said in a news release.

Officers were dispatched to the couple's home and ordered Gray, 26, to exit, but he refused to leave, police said.

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The SWAT team and Crisis Negotiations team were called to assist before Gray finally surrendered to police at 7 a.m., almost nine hours after his wife first called police, according to police. He was arrested and charged with fighting, assault with intent to injure, and aggravated assault of a family member involving strangulation, according to an online inmate search.

Gray played Hakeem Lyon on the TV show “Empire,” which ended in April after a six-season run. He also raps under the name “Yazz the Greatest,” according to NBC News.

He was previously arrested in Chicago last year for driving with neither a license nor insurance, CBS Chicago reported.

Gray is being held on a $20,000 bond, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office told Oxygen.com. He is set to appear in court on July 20.

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