REPORT: CHICAGO PD LAUNCHING INTERNAL PROBE OF JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE: Police sources tell TMZ that the Chicago Police Department is launching an internal investigation into all of the “loose lips” who have shared info—much of “inaccurate—on the Jussie Smollett case with members of the press. The Empire star is being investigated for instigating a hate crime against himself. He has consistently denied wrongdoing.
JASON PRIESTLEY, TIFFANI THIESSEN BREAK SILENCE ON LUKE PERRY: Jason Priestley is sharing his grief over his fellow 90210 alum Luke Perry’s untimely death after a massive stroke. “It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this,” Priestley captioned an Instagram shot of the pair. “My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared… Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon… and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today.” Tiffani Thiessen also shared her sadness. “My heart has been weighing heavy. The loss of a man who started as my co-star but quickly became my friend. He welcomed me on my very first day of #90210 with open arms,” Thiessen, 45, wrote on Instagram. “A day that was not an easy one for me. I was coming in to a show, a family really, that had been together for over 4 years. But this man took me under his wing and made me feel at home. Made me feel like I belonged in his TV family.” Fellow alums Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty and Ian Ziering have also shared their memories and grief on social media this week.
KENDALL JENNER’S STALKER SENTENCED, RELEASED: A man who trespassed onto Kendall Jenner’s property multiple times was sentenced to six months behind bars, but has already been released, The Blast reports. John Ford was found guilty on two counts of trespassing last month and served 90 out of 180 days. He has been ordered to stay 150 yards away from Jenner and 1,000 yards away from her house.
PETE DAVIDSON GETS NEW TATTOO: The 25-year-old Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson has new ink. Spanning his entire forearm, the new tattoo features a giant unicorn.
ELIZABETH BANKS SPEAKS ON REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: Actress Elizabeth Banks hosted an L.A. fundraiser for the Center for Reproduction Rights on Wednesday. While introducing the evening, she said that abortion rights are more popular than many believe: “I think that there’s a vocal minority, but the fact remains that nearly 1 in 4 American women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Most people know a woman who has had an abortion, and for the majority of abortions, that decision is made my women who are already mothers, who are trying to plan their families. And this is about families, not just women. Seven in ten Americans support abortion rights, so it’s not that controversial.”
PALACE ON HIGH ALERT AGAINST THREATS TO MEGHAN MARKLE: As Meghan Markle’s pregnancy winds down (she and Prince Harry are expecting their baby in late April), Kensington Palace is on high alert for threats to the Duchess, sources tell CNN. Last week, the royal family issued guidelines warning people against abusing royals on social media.