American actor, Bryshere Gray, who played Hakeem on the Fox drama Empire, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife by strangling her until she passed out.
The incident began at about 10.15pm on Sunday night, July 12 when Goodyear Police responded to a 911 call alleging “an adult female victim had been assaulted at her Goodyear home by her husband, who she identified as Bryshere Gray, an actor on the TV series ‘Empire,’ ” police said in a statement.
Police said the woman had multiple visible injuries on her body and that she said Gray strangled her at one point, until she passed out.
Her injuries were non-life-threatening but she was taken to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released, police said, adding that detectives and a Victim’s Advocate “continued to assist her after her discharge from the hospital.”
When cops got to their home in Goodyear, Arizona, Gray refused to come outside and barricaded himself inside the house overnight.
Police called Goodyear SWAT and Crisis Negotiations to the scene to assist before he eventually surrendered himself to authorities.
“Goodyear SWAT and Crisis Negotiations were called out to assist,” police said.
About nine hours later, he was “taken into custody without incident” just after 7 a.m. Monday, and was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on domestic violence charges, police said.
Gray appeared in all 102 episodes of Empire, which wrapped its six-year run on Fox in April.