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tonight, the actor jussie smollett officially charged with a felony. just a short time ago, surrounded by a crush of cameras as he left court. the police superintendent who on live tv today admonished the actor, asking low could he orchestrate something like this? how could he use a noose? and revealing concerns for the view victims. and right here, the evidence. the alleged check paid to those two brothers. president trump's long-time adviser roger stone hauled before the judge today to explain why he posted an image of that judge with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun next to her head. the bombshell development late today in north carolina. the congressional race.
where they filling out ballots, were they tampered? the republican that appeared to win by less than 1%, what his own son said, leaving him in tears. the candidate suddenly calling for a new election himself. the alleged terror plot here in the u.s. federal authorities calling a coast guard lieutenant a domestic terrorist. tonight, his alleged plan. syracuse basketball coach jim boeheim hitting a man on the highway, killing him. boeheim issues a statement tonight saying he's heartbroken. the scare on a passenger jet. a blown tire. and then, the emergency landing. nike under fire tonight for that scare on the court. and celebrating the famous musician who had everyone singing "i'm a believer." good evening. and it's great to have you with bght with the ryt. stunning fall today for the actor who told police he was the victim of a racial and homophobic attack. tonight, he's charged with a felony, and the chicago police
superintendent who went on national tv with his own words for jussie smollett. the actor who claimed he was the victim is tonight formally charged. police say he orchestrated the whole thing. charged with a felony for filing a false police report. free on bond at this hour, he was seen late today leaving the courthouse, surrounded by cameras. and right here tonight, the new evidence now presented, and that police superintendent who did not hide his anger. abc's eva pilgrim leading us off. >> reporter: late today, jussie smollett facing a crush of cameras as he left a chicago courthouse. holding onto a security guard before slipping into a waiting car. his family joining him in court today to show their support. >> do you believe your brother's story? >> reporter: as smollett faced a judge for the first time. accused of filing a false police report. chicago's police superintendent with blistering words for the actor. >> jussie smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.
i'm left hanging my head and asking why. why would anyone, especially an african-american man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? i'm offended by what's happened, and i'm also angry. >> reporter: for weeks, smollett insisted he was the victim. >> who the [ bleep ] would make something like this up, or add something to it or -- or whatever it may be. you do such a disservice when you lie about things like this. >> reporter: but police say that's exactly what he did. >> smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language. when that didn't work, smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag chicago's reputation through the mud in the process. and why? the stunt was orchestrated by smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary.
>> reporter: at the center of the case, those two brothers first seen in that grainy surveillance video. prosecutors today laying out in excruciating detail how smollett first enlisted one brother he knew from "empire." >> defendant smollett texted abel stating, "might need your help on the low." >> reporter: abel had been the actor's personal trainer and police say he supplied smollett with the designer drug ecstasy. >> defendant smollett stated he wanted to stage an attack where abel would appear to batter him. >> reporter: prosecutors say smollett suggested the older brother help. >> smollett asked ola if he could trust him. when ola said he could, smollett detailed his plans of the attack. >> reporter: the brothers now cooperating with police. >> we have the check that was used to pay them. >> reporter: they're seen here on store surveillance buying supplies -- a red hat, ski mask and gloves for an attack police think smollett hoped would be captured on camera. >> the brothers had gloves on
during the staged attack, where they punched him a little bit, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on his face was most likely self-inflicted. >> reporter: smollett's attorney says he enjoys the presumption of innocence, given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense. tonight, chicago's top cop worries about what this means for real victims, and even still, he had concern for smollett. >> i'll continue to pray for this troubled young man who resorted to both drastic and illegal tactics to gain attention. my concern is that hate crimes will now publicly be met with a level of skepticism that previously didn't happen. >> and eva pilgrim with us live tonight outside that courthouse in chicago. eva, you watched along with us as that police superintendent also said what he would now like from jussie smollett at this point, and this is what he said. >> absolute justice would be an
apology to this city that he smeared. admitting what he did. and then, be man enough to -- to offer what he should offer up, in terms of all the resources that we put into this. >> eva, that super intent den saying what so many people in that community there in chicago, and really across the country, have been feeling as they've watched this story, you know, unfold before their eyes over a series of several nights here. >> reporter: that's right, david. that police superintendent clearly 'em passioned, as was the judge here, setting donald at $100,000. unusually high for this type of charge. and tonight, smollett's attorneys at one point telling the court that the actor would be back at work on the set of "empire." david? >> eva pilgrim leading us off tonight. thank you, eva. now, to another courtroom, and roger stone getting a stinging reprimand for his
instaygram post that included an image of the judge overseeing his case with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun next to her held. stone seen believing the court today without speaking to the media, because he's now been placed under a complete gag order. here's abc's pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: a subdued roger stone clutching his wife's hand today as he walked into court, where he pleaded for mercy from judge amy berman jackson for forgiveness. judge jackson clearly frustrated and concerned after stone posted a picture of her online. in the corner, what looks like the crosshairs of a gun. today, stone apologized, calling it a "stupid lapse of judgement." he said he never really looked at the image before posting it, at one point saying he thought it was a celtic symbol. but the judge didn't buy it, telling stone, "there's nothing ambiguous about crosshairs." president trump's long-time friend explained the episode as an "outgrowth of stress," telling the judge, "i am having trouble putting food on the
table and paying the rent." although stone apologized profusely, judge jackson said his apology, quote, rings quite hollow. and with that, the judge issued her ruling -- a full gag order. stone is not to speak to anyone publicly about his case. period. "mr. stone," she said, "i'm not giving you another chance." >> the judge was not having it today. pierre thomas with us live from washington. that's the roger stone story tonight, pierre, while the president's former adviser was in court today, we know his former lawyer and fixer, michael cohen, meantime, was on capitol hill? >> reporter: that's right, david. michael cohen was on capitol hill today preparing for his public hearing next week. that hearing is going to be on the same day that president trump is having his sum milt with the north korean leader. cohen tweeting, "i'm looking forward to the american people hearing my story in my voice." a dramatic day coming, david. >> right in the middle of that jaefr seas trip. all right, pierre thomas, thank you. in the meantime, next to that bombshell development in
north carolina tonight. there will be a new election. state officials ordering that election in a congressional race amid sweeping allegations of tampered ballots. the republican who appeared to win by less than 1% was brought to tears after what his own son said. and then today, that candidate suddenly calling for a new election himself. here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: after days of dramatic testimony about his campaign's alleged election fraud, tonight, a stunning announcement from republican candidate mark harris. >> through the testimony i've listened to over the past three days, i believe a new election should be called. >> reporter: at the center of the controversy, harris's political strategist mccra e dowless. accused of tampering with more than 500 absentee ballots to help harris win. the election decided by fewer than 1,000 votes. democrat dan mccready conceded, but one month later, with questions growing, he took it back. >> i didn't serve overseas in the marine corps just to come back home and watch politicians
and career criminals attack our democracy. >> reporter: our steve osunsami caught up with dowless, who refused to testify without immunity. >> what do you say to people who say that you rigged this election? >> no comment. >> reporter: at the board of election hearing, harris insisted he saw no red flags, but his own son testified that he warned his father that dowless was "shady." >> i love my dad and i love my mom. okay? i certainly have no vendetta against them. no family scores to settle. okay? i think that they made mistakes in this process. >> reporter: his testimony bringing his father to tears. today, harris admitted his son was right, but said at the time, he didn't take him seriously. >> i'm his dad, i know he's a little judgmental and has a little taste of arrogance. >> reporter: and then this surprising twist. >> i've experienced two strokes from which i'm still recovering.
and i struggled this morning with both recall and confusion. >> reporter: harris then calling for north carolina voters to get a do-over. and late tonight, the board of elections voted unanimously to call for that new election, but we don't know yet exactly when that will be. and tonight, despite our repeated requests, it's unclear whether mark harris will be on that ballot. david? >> all right, mary bruce live from the hill tonight. mary, thank you. next, to that new storm battering the southwest, arizona and nevada, and then heading all the way across the country yet again. a foot of snow in kingman, arizona. look at this. stopping traffic for hours. this is interstate 40 right there. it also hit the vegas strip today. another storm we're watching as it crosses the country tonight. meteorologist rob marciano with us live tracking it all. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. it's heading towards the southeast. they can't take anymore rain. this is a powerhouse system bringing that rare snow to vegas and los angeles. it will bang into that gulf moisture. worried about severe weather on saturday, little rock to nashville, already in the orange category. and that preceded by heavier
rain. so, looking at flooding, i think, tomorrow, across northern mississippi for the first surge. the core of this system getting to chicago by saturday, blizzard conditions north and west of that. severe weather including tornados to the south, and the heavy rain spreading into the northeast by saturday night. david? >> all right, rob, thank you so much. next here, a southwest flight out of fment lauderdale blowing a tire on takeoff, then once in the air, diverted to orlando to make an emergency landing. here's abc east dav b kbc's dav. >> reporter: emergency vehicles immediately approaching the southwest 737 in orlando, after that blown nose gear tire taking off from ft. lauderdale. the airline says the diversion was out of an abundance of caution. this, as southwest has been forced to cancel hundreds of flights the past week and a half because of unavailability of aircraft. the airline calling it an operational emergency, blaming maintenance problems on labor issues, saying a slowdown started after its last negotiating session with its
2,400 mechanics. >> now that there's problems with the mechanics union, there seem to be fewer airplanes available on a daily basis. >> reporter: southwest mechanics have been negotiating with the airline for a new contract for the past six years. while the labor and maintenance issues are unrelated to that blown tire today, it is another public relations incident for southwest airlines to deal with. david? >> david kerley tonight. david, thank you. now, to the u.s. coast guard lieutenant tonight accused of planning a chilling terror plot here in the u.s. he had a stockpile of weapons and a hit list of democrats, reporters and innocent civilians. the suspect appearing before a judge today, and here's abc's terry moran. >> reporter: tonight, coast guard lieutenant christopher paul hasson is behind bars, ordered by a federal judge to be held without bail on drug and gun charges after allegedly plotting to use this arsenal to, quote, "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country." >> the sheer number and force of the weapons that were recovered
from mr. hasson's residence in this case, coupled with the disturbing nature of his writings, appear to reflect a very significant threat to the safety of our community. >> reporter: the 49-year-old is accused of stockpiling handguns, sniper rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. prosecutors described what they say were hasson's chilling plans, including a possible hit list. on it, house speaker nancy pelosi, senate minority leader charles schumer, presidential candidates elizabeth warren and kamala harris, and cable host joe scarborough. federal agents also found this locked container holding more than 30 bottles of human growth hormone. the drugs investigators say were meant to "increase his ability to conduct attacks." right now, hasson is facing only the drug and gun charges. prosecutors call that, quote, the tip of the iceberg. they say he was a domestic terrorist, planning a massive attack. the judge, however, wants to see more evidence of those crimes, or he told the government, he'll rell lease hasson on bail pending trial. david? >> terry moran, thank you. overseas tonight, and to the
vatican now. pope francis opening a landmark summit on clear. sexual abuse. church leaders from around the world, including the u.s., addressing the scandal that's plagued the church for decades. tonight, what the pope did that made immediate headlines. abc's david w >> reporter: one of the first big moments of this unprecedented vatican summit was spontaneous. pope francis kissing the hand of a polish survivor of sexual abuse. speaking to bishops and cardinals summoned from around the world to address the issue, the pope said sympathetic words won't be enough to solve this crisis. "the fateful," he said, "expect concrete and effective measures." >> it's the moment for pope francis to stand up and finally do something. >> some organizations move slowly, but this is ridiculous. >> reporter: phil saviano was molested at age 11 by a catholic priest in boston, who ultimately had 28 victims. saviano's story, part of the
"boston globe" spotlight series that went on to inspire an oscar-winning movie. he's one of a dozen survivors invited to share their views with vatican organizers. you feel finally heard? >> i do feel heard, yeah. promises are made, but you really have to wait and see what actually happens. >> reporter: he told me this is not the first time he's come here to discuss this issue, but it is the first time he felt someone in the vatican was listening. david? >> david, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. we remember a famous musician here tonight. also, the mayor under arrest tonight, accused of practicing medicine from his own home and then allegedly opening fire when s.w.a.t. teams arrived. the famous college basketball coach who struck and killed a man on the highway. his new statement tonight. and what authorities have revealed this evening about how this happened. and nike feeling the heat ha topnba prospect and that scare seen by so many overnight.
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next tonight, the florida mayor accused of practices medicine without a license, now facing far more serious charges tonight after allegedly opening fire when deputies showed up. here's victor oquendo. >> reporter: under arrest tonight, dale massad, the mayor of port richey, florida. he did not go quietly. massad allegedly firing two rounds on county deputies at his home to execute a search warrant. >> he shot our members and he's lucky he's not dead. >> reporter: police say they found multiple weapons and drugs inside. just last august, he was arrested for domestic battery, spending a night in jail. >> the main thing i learned from the jail is i don't want to go back. >> reporter: shortly after, police began investigating him for practicing medicine without a license. according to law enforcement officials, massad, a former physician who relinquished his license in 1992, had patients coming to his home and even performed medical procedures there. >> i'm totally disgusted that we
t o b bakg ime, but that shooting at the police. >> reporter: david, none of the deputies were hit when the mayor opened fire. he's not facing several charges including attempted murder. david? >> all right, victor, thank you. when we come back, syracuse coach jim bay him hitting a man on the highway, killing him. his statement tonight, and what authorities have just revealed about the deadly crash. ♪eastbound and down. loaded up and truckin'♪ ♪we gonna do what they say can't be done♪ ♪we've got a long way to go ♪and a short time to get there.♪ whatever party you've got going bin the back, we've got the business up front.
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finally tonight, america strong. michael buble and his costar. this was the moment overnight. madison square garden in new york city. michael buble handing the microphone to a young woman in the audience. he asks her name. erin from west hartford, connecticut. that's her sister, hoping he'll ask her to sing. ryan seacrest in the crowd. >> he lets somebody in the audience perform. now, the question always is, is this a setup or not, right? >> please, dear god. >> reporter: not set up. and she was about to sing. she looks back, is this for real?
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out of the classroom onto the picket line. thousands of o oakland teachers go on strike. they want higher wages smaller class sizes. >> sky 7 was over several of the protests on this first day of picketing. the union and teachers will be at the bargaining table again tomorrow morning. >> we have live team coverage for you. >> this district is not as big as the los angeles school district. teachers here told me they felt empowered on this first day of the strike. they clearly received the support of parents and many in
this community. >> the view from up here is magnificent. >> reporter: the view from sky showed a sea of red in front of city hall. teachers came together to rally for better wages and improvemen. our salaries no way is keeping pace with the cost of living here. >> teachers and parents of the community school were on the picket line early this morning. according to the principal only 14 of the 430 students here came to school today. >> these two late rivals made it 16. >> i have to do what i have to do for my family. i still support the teachers regardless. >> she a teacher. >> we know that some families have no other option. that's fine. >> the union is asking for a 12% pay raise over three years.