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'Empire' actor Bryshere Gray arrested, accused of assaulting his wife

Authorities responded with a SWAT unit and crisis negotiators after Gray allegedly refused to talk with police.
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Actor Bryshere Gray attends the 2017 NBA Awards in New York on June 26, 2017.Gonzalo Marroquin / Patrick McMullan / Getty Images
/ Source: NBC News

“Empire” actor Bryshere Gray was arrested Monday morning in Arizona and is accused of assaulting his wife and refusing to talk to police for hours, authorities said.

Gray, 26, was taken into custody at 7 a.m. by officers in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, roughly nine hours after authorities responded to a 911 call from his wife, police said in a statement.

After Gray refused to speak with the officers, a SWAT team and crisis negotiators were dispatched to help, police said. Gray was taken into custody without incident, the statement added.

According to jail records, he was arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has a lawyer. A representative for Gray didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gray, who played Hakeem Lyon on “Empire,” was born in Philadelphia and also raps under the name “Yazz the Greatest.”

The show, which appeared on Fox for six seasons, was canceled after actor Jussie Smollett claimed last year that he was the victim of a racially and politically motivated assault. Authorities in Chicago later charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly fabricating the story and filing a false police report.

Those charges were later dropped, though Smollett was indicted in February on six charges of disorderly conduct. Smollett has denied the allegations and was countersuing for malicious prosecution, though a judge dismissed the suit in April.