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‘Empire’ actor Morocco Omari charged with domestic battery

In this image released by Fox, Morocco Omari appears in a scene from "Empire." Omari was arrested Wednesday, April 5, 2017, on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Chicago. In a news release, police say 46-year-old Morocco Omari was arrested Wednesday after officers were called to the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side by a 24-year-old woman who identified herself as Omari’s girlfriend. (Chuck Hodes/FOX via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — An actor on the television show “Empire” has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Chicago.

Police say 46-year-old Morocco Omari was arrested Wednesday afternoon. They say officers were called to the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side by a 24-year-old woman who identified herself as Omari’s girlfriend. She told officers Omari pushed her to the ground several times during an argument, causing scratches on her neck and chest.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says Omari appeared in court Thursday. His next court date is April 20.

A representative for Omari did not immediately return a call for comment.

On the show that’s filmed in Chicago, Omari plays FBI Agent Tariq Cousins. He’s the half-brother of Lucious Lyon, who’s played by Terrence Howard.

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