Actor Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Of Six Counts In Hate Crime Hoax Case

Do you remember the Jussie Smollett case? He is the gay, black, actor from Chicago who claimed he was attacked by two Trump supporters in the middle of a freezing night in Chicago?

The story sounded ridiculous from the first moment he described it, but that didn’t stop notable people in media from believing him. Both Kamala Harris and Joe Biden voiced support for him from the beginning.

A jury in Chicago didn’t buy it though. Smollett was just found guilty on five of six counts.

The Associated Press reports:

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was convicted Thursday on charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it.

In the courtroom as the verdict was read, Smollett stood and faced the jury, showing no visible reaction. He and his family later left the courthouse without comment.

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The jury found the 39-year-old guilty on five counts of disorderly conduct — for each separate time he was charged with lying to police in the days immediately after the alleged attack. He was acquitted on a sixth count, of lying to a detective in mid-February, weeks after Smollett said he was attacked.

Outside court, special prosecutor Dan Webb called the verdict “a resounding message by the jury that Mr. Smollett did exactly what we said he did.”

Smollett “ wreaked havoc here in the city for weeks on end for no reason whatsoever,” then compounded the problem by lying under oath to the jury, Webb said.

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Defense attorney Nenye Uche said Smollett would appeal the conviction. He maintained Smollett is “100% innocent” and expressed confidence the actor would be cleared by an appellate court.

Democrats and the media should know that no one has forgotten anything.

Smollett says he is going to appeal, but he will just be lucky to stay out of jail.

 

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