Jussie Smollett has been convicted with five out of six charges following the anti-Trump hate hoax he organized and perpetrated in Chicago.
Smollett had been charged with staging a racially motivated attack by Trump supporters in Chicago. He had claimed that two masked MAGA hat wearing men put a noose around his neck, shouted racist and homophobic slurs, beat him, and poured a chemical over him.
He claimed it was because he is a gay, black, man, and that the attackers also shouted “This is MAGA Country” during the assault. This was determined to be a complete fabrication by police investigators, and now the jury has determined that Smollett committed crimes.
After one day of deliberation, the Chicago jury had found Smollett to be guilty of 5 out of 6 felonies.
After months of investigation, it was found that Smollett paid two brothers – Abel and Ola Osundairo – $3,500 to help him stage his hate hoax. It was revealed Smollett was in a romantic relationship with one of the brothers during the trial. He was charged with the following:
Count 1: Smollett described to Chicago Police Officer Muhammed Baig that he was the victim of a hate crime and that two attackers put a rope around his neck
Count 2: Smollett told Chicago Police Officer Muhammed Baig that he was a victim of a battery, saying that the attackers beat and poured a chemical on him
Counts 3 and 4: Smollett made the same claims but to a different officer, Officer Kimberly Murray
Count 5: Smollet told Officer Kimberly Murray later that day that he was the victim of battery
Count 6: Smollett told Detective Robert Graves that he had been a victim of aggravated battery
All six counts describe disorderly conduct under a subsection of the law that prohibit false reports to police. Each charge is classified as a class 4 felony, and convictions can carry potential prison time of up to three years. Smollett was convicted of charges one through five, and was found not found guilty on count six.
The disgraced actor is expected to reappear in court for sentencing next year. He is remanded to custody pending sentencing.
This is a breaking news story and may be updated with additional information.
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