An actor on the television show "Empire" has been acquitted of domestic battery in Chicago.
Morocco Omari took the stand during a two-day trial that ended with his acquittal Friday. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours. He says he "could never beat up a woman" and that his acquittal is like "an albatross lifted from my neck."
Omari was arrested in April 2017 after a 24-year-old woman who identified herself as Omari's girlfriend told police officers that he had pushed her to the ground during an argument, causing scratches on her neck and chest.
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Omari described the aftermath of the allegations as "like a hurricane wiping out your house."
Omari played FBI Agent Tariq Cousins on the Fox TV show. The character was killed off last season.