‘Empire’ Star’s Police Interview Leakes Discussing His Bizarre Account of a Domestic Violence Incident
Jussie Smollett isn’t the only Empire star in legal trouble. His on-screen brother, actor Bryshere Gray, was arrested on charges of domestic violence in the summer of 2020. A newly leaked police interview with Gray shows him in a bizarre state trying to explain his version of events.
Who is Bryshere Gray?
Gray, also known by the stage name Yazz The Greatest or Yazz, is an actor and rapper. The Philadelphia native is best known for his role as Hakeem Lyon, the middle son of the infamous Lyon family in the FOX musical drama Empire.
Gray has also had other prominent roles, including his portrayal as Michael Bivins in the 2017 BET miniseries The New Edition Story.
His performance on Empire landed him several award nominations, including two NAACP Image Awards, three Teen Choice Awards, and one BET Award.
Bryshere Gray arrested for an alleged domestic violence incident with his wife
A July 2020 report from Billboard reveals that 26-year-old Gray was arrested following a domestic dispute with his wife, Candice Jimdar, in Arizona. Per the report, a call was placed to 911 revealing that Jidmar alleged she was assaulted by her husband at their home.
A press release regarding the situation claims the woman made the call after being given a ride by someone she flagged down at a gas station. She told the driver Gray assaulted her for several hours.
Per BOSSIP, Jidmar alleged Gray abused and held her hostage for hours before she got away. Gray was later arrested after a standoff with an Arizona SWAT team. Per the release from Billboard, Jidmar had “numerous visible injuries” on her body and said that Gray strangled her to the point where she once lost consciousness.
Bryshere Gray’s police interview leaks with Gray behaving bizarrely
Gray has been out of the spotlight since his arrest but BOSSIP recently reported on Gray’s police interview being released. Despite the two being married, Gray initially tells police that is his “best friend.”
When asked by police if the two were married, Gray responds, “In a way,” explaining that the two have an open relationship, with Gray telling police, “We have an open relationship as well so I allow her to have a boyfriend because I’m really busy.”
Gray alleges Jidmar threatened to harm herself. Jidmar confirms such to the police, explaining she threatened to hurt herself in the past to try to stop Gray from beating her. Per Jidmar, Gray abused her more than a dozen times.
Gray alleges to police that another person could have assaulted Jidmar, telling police a man named “Mark” came over to their home after he left to go to a friend’s house. But Jidmar tells police that Gray uses the name “Mark” for his own alias. “He just says his name is Mark. That’s like his little fake name.” Jimdar said.
Jidmar also tells police that Gray has bipolar disorder and ADHD but refuses to take his medication. New12 of Phoenix reports on the incident and has Gray’s two-hour police interview available for viewing.