Former ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett has been convicted of five counts of disorderly conduct. The actor staged a crime spoof in Chicago more than three years ago, then lied to the police about it.
The jury found the 39-year-old actor guilty of five counts – one for each separate time he was charged with lying to police following a hate crime charge. Smollett was acquitted of lying to a detective a few weeks after the incident. The charge is a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to three years.
Experts believe Smollett will likely be placed on probation and will be ordered to perform community service. Smollett lost her role on the TV show ‘Empire’ shortly after being accused of a hate crime. The jury took about nine hours to weigh in on the case after a week of trial.
The brothers testified that Smollett hired them to fake the attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019.
They say Smollett is the brain behind the attack, asking them to tie a noose around his neck. He instructed the brothers to hit him in front of a surveillance camera and he wanted a video of the attack to be made public on social media. Smollett countered that he was the victim of a truly hateful crime, unrelated to the hoax. He said the brothers were liars, and Check $3,500 for training and eating.
Prosecutors said there was ample evidence that Smollett staged the attack and then lied to police to get publicity. Special Counsel Dan Webb told the jury that the Chicago Police Department spent a large sum are investigating what they believe is a criminal offence.
“Besides breaking the law, outright smearing something as serious as a real hate crime and then making sure it involves historically significant words and symbols like So in our country it is completely wrong”, Webb told jurors. He also accused Smollett of lying to jurors, saying surveillance footage from the night contradicted Smollet’s own testimony.
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