‘Empire’ Actor Bryshere Gray Arrested in Arizona on Domestic Violence Charges

LOS ANGELES - MAR 12, 2015: Bryshere Y. Gray at the "Empire" ATAS Screening and Panel, The Theater at the Ace Hotel, on March 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. (Credit: Bossmoss/Deposit Photos)

Bryshere Gray, who played Hakeem Lyon on Empire, was arrested Monday on domestic violence charges in Goodyear, Arizona.

The Goodyear Police Department posted details about the incident on Facebook.

“On Sunday night, July 12, 2020, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Goodyear Police responded to a 911 call that an adult female victim had been allegedly assaulted at her Goodyear home by her husband, who she identified as Bryshere Gray, an actor on the TV series Empire,” the police said.

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The woman was treated and released from an area hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

The following morning, officers went to Gray’s home, but police said the actor refused to come out and a SWAT team was called in.

“Goodyear Police responded to the Goodyear residence located in the 13000 block of S. 176th Lane, Goodyear, in an effort to contact Gray, but he refused to come out and speak with officers,” police said. “Goodyear SWAT and Crisis Negotiations were called out to assist. Just after 7:00 am, Gray was taken into custody without incident.”

[Read the full police statement below.]

Gray, 26, was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on domestic violence charges.

In June 2019, the actor was arrested and ticketed in Chicago, where Empire filmed, on a misdemeanor vehicle registration charge. Police said he was pulled over while driving without valid license plates, insurance or a driver’s license.

Empire wrapped its sixth and final season in March. The Fox series premiered in 2015.