(ReliableNews.org) – Chicago police officials launched a hate crime investigation in early 2019 involving television and film actor Jussie Smollet. The Empire series star reported two men assaulted him, placed a rope around his neck, poured an unknown liquid over him, and directed homophobic and racial slurs at him. However, it seems the actor wasn’t exactly truthful in his report as a jury recently convicted him on multiple charges related to his role in the incident.
After more than nine hours of deliberation, a Chicago jury returned a guilty verdict against Smollett on five of six counts of disorderly conduct on December 9. As it turned out, Smollett hired two brothers to inflict mild injuries on him as part of a staged publicity stunt, and the jury found their testimony credible.
BREAKING: Jussie Smollett has been found guilty. https://t.co/qmcPElE1aD
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 9, 2021
Illinois special prosecutor Daniel Webb told reporters afterward Smollett didn’t help his case by sticking to his story during his trial. For him to “come up before them and lie for hours… that really compounded his misconduct,” Webb explained.
Smollet faces up to three years imprisonment for his crimes. The judge overseeing his case hasn’t yet set a date for sentencing.
The mainstream media and well-known celebrities and politicians (including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris) had a frenzy over Smollett’s initial account of the incident, going as far in some instances as blaming Trump supporters for the alleged attack. His conviction serves as a perfect example of the importance of not jumping to conclusions from news reports in the initial stages of criminal investigations.
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