Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been found guilty of almost all of the charges he was facing in the hate crime hoax trial.
Jussie was found guilty on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report to Chicago police that he was the victim of a hate crime in January 2019.
He was not found guilty on a sixth charge of telling a second detective he was an aggravated battery victim.
“With the resounding verdict we just received from this jury after one day of deliberations in which they found Mr. Smollett guilty on virtually all charges of doing exactly what we said he did – reporting a fake crime to the Chicago Police Department as a real crime. That verdict was a resounding message by the jury that, in fact, Mr. Smollett did exactly what we said he did,” prosecutor Dan Webb said again.
He has always claimed he was innocent.
A disorderly conduct charge for a false crime report is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. The judge can impose a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count.
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The actor’s team said they will appeal.
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