Jussie Smollett to be sentenced after ‘staging a racist and homophobic attack’

JUSSIE Smollett is set to be sentenced after he allegedly orchestrated a homophobic and racist attack on himself.

The former Empire actor has been accused of orchestrating a racist, anti-gay attack on himself downtown Chicago to get advertising.

Jussie Smollett is due to be sentenced today


Jussie Smollett is due to be sentenced todayPhoto credit: Getty
Smollett is best known for his role in Empire


Smollett is best known for his role in EmpireCredit: Alamy
Prosecutors allege Smollett told the brothers to make the


Prosecutors allege Smollett told the brothers to make the “assault” look like a hate crimePhoto credit: Cook County Attorney

Smollett, known for playing musician Jamal Lyon on hip-hop Fox drama, has been arrested for allegedly lying about being assaulted in January 2019.

He claimed he was taken to the hospital because two men put a noose around his neck.

At the time, police said the attackers hurled “possible racist and gay slurs.”

After the footage was released, Chicago police officers said the “trajectory of the investigation” had changed, and Nigerian brothers Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo were later released after new evidence emerged during the investigation.

They were no longer considered suspects in the investigation.

Cops questioned Smollett in a follow-up interview, and the actor’s lawyers claimed he felt “victimized” by reports he may have been involved in the attack.

The Chicago Police Department announced that Smollett had been charged in early March 2019 with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.

The actor has been charged with six counts of disorderly conduct for making a false police report about the alleged assault to three different officers – one charge for each allegation.

The Empire star claimed he didn’t want to call the police at the time of the “attack” because he “didn’t trust the police,” according to the New York Post.

And he said he was afraid of how the “attack” could have impacted his career.

The 39-year-old testified: “I want to play a boxer, I want to play a superhero. I want to blow things up.

“The moment I got hit I got a****t who screamed his ass out.”

Take the witness stand late last year smollett repeatedly denied that the attack was a fabrication, telling a prosecutor “there was no fraud on my part” and that two brothers who testified against him were “liars”.

In another tense moment, Smollett and District Attorney Dan Webb clashed over the use of the N-word.

Webb had read the messages from Smollett’s messages, prompting the star to beg him not to.

Smollett told the court he refused to give his cell phone to the police because he wanted his privacy.


During the trial, Smollett testified that CNN anchor Don Lemon warned that police did not believe he was the victim of a racist homophobic attack.

Smollett said he got a text message from Lemon Fox News reported.

In February 2019, Lemon said the case was “personal” as he and Smollett had been “acquaintances” and had communicated with each other.

Lemon claimed the actor “lost the battle in the court of public opinion.”

Abimbola told the court that he took part in the prank attack because he thought Smollett could further his acting career, the authorities said post Office.

He said: “He explained that he wanted to fake him. I agreed because my primary obligation was to him, Jussie.

“He also got me a back-up role in Empire and I also felt that he could boost my acting career.”

Abimbola said: “He wanted me to hit him but he wanted me to pull the punch so I wouldn’t hurt him and then he wanted me to hit him and throw him to the ground and bruise him.

“Stage the Attack”

“Then he wanted it to appear like he was struggling, so I should give him a chance to struggle and then eventually throw him to the ground and my brother would tie the noose around his neck and bleach over him to water.”

Special prosecutor Dan Webb told jurors Smollett told the brothers to buy ski masks, red hats and a rope.

Webb claimed, “He told them to use rope to make it look like a hate crime.”

The brothers claim Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the “assault.”

When asked about the statement, Smollett replied, “Totally false, 100 percent false.”

Defense attorney Nenye Uche said the check was for “training” ahead of a music video, not payment. Fox News reported.

Meanwhile, Smollett said the check was for fitness and nutrition coaching.

Osundairo told the court that he and Smollett met in 2017 through a mutual friend.


Referring to Smollett as his “brother,” he added that the couple became very close as they sleepovers, went to strip clubs, and smoked weed.

In court, the actor recalled his and Abimbola’s drug-addicted lifestyle.

Smollett said, “We were at a club, you go to the bathroom, you go to a stall, you bump, you bump and then you go further in, and then we went to the bathhouse.”

The actor claimed that they engaged in sexual acts together.

Abimbola said under oath that he was straight and testified that he and Smollett did not have a sexual relationship, but admitted that he went to the gay bathhouse.

Smollett admitted he was “embarrassed” by his drug use and lashed out at those who “weaponized” sex.

While on the stand, Smollett revealed he smokes “blunts,” which he rolls in Swisher Sweet cigars.

The singer-songwriter said he used to drive alone and smoke as part of his “creative” process.

Since the alleged attack, Smollett has not appeared in any new TV shows or films and was dropped from Empire.

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