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The former 'Empire' actor was accused of orchestrating a fake racist, homophobic attack on himself, then lying to Chicago police about it. The former Empire actor insisted that he did not plan or coordinate the attack, that it was real rather than a hoax and claimed that he did not file a false police report. Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was convicted Thursday on five of six charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it.
The verdict came after a roughly one-week trial in which two brothers testified that Smollett recruited them to fake an attack on him near his home in downtown Chicago in January Smollett repeatedly denied the claims. The brothers said Smollett orchestrated the hoax, telling them to put a noose around his neck and rough him up in view of a surveillance camera, and that he said he wanted video of the hoax made public via social media. Smollett said the money was for meal and workout plans that Abimbola Osundairo was providing so the actor could be more toned for upcoming performances.
The Jan. The investigation — which included video from surveillance cameras, GPS and taxi and rideshare records — led police to the Osundairo brothers, who told detectives Smollett had staged the alleged hate crime. Smollett's defense attorneys argued that the brothers attacked the actor — who is gay and Black — because they were homophobic and didn't like "who he was. The annual awards show will be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, May Jussie Smollett, left, and Bryshere Y.
Smollett, who alleges he was the victim of a brutal racial and homophobic attack, is a former child star who grew up to become a champion of LGBT rights and one of the few actors to play a black gay character on primetime TV. It became one of the biggest network shows to star a gay black character. Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct and filling a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, a police said.
A grand jury indicted Smollett last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago. Edit Close. Up Log In. Dashboard Logout. Food Things to Do What the Tech? Estelle, Jussie Smollett Updated Nov 28, Jussie Smollett Updated Nov 28, Jussie Smollett, Serayah Updated Nov 28, Jussie Smollett, Estelle Updated Nov 28, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray Updated Nov 28, Jussie Smollett-Profile Updated Nov 28, Tags Dcc Wire.
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