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Jussie Smollett convicted of faking a hate crime against himself | Jussie smollett

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A jury has found Empire actor Jussie Smollett guilty of faking a hate crime against himself to raise his profile.

The Chicago jury, which deliberated for more than nine hours, found Smollett guilty on five of the six counts he faced.

The charges against Smollett, who is black and gay, had become a touchstone in America’s culture wars at the intersection of culture, racism, politics and stardom.

Many other stars first rushed to support Smollett when he first launched accusations in January 2019 that he had been attacked by people who had shouted “This is the land of Maga”, a reference to Donald Trump’s branded political slogan “Make American Great Again”.

Smollett told police he was assaulted on a dark street by two masked men. According to Smollett, his attackers tied a noose around his neck and poured chemicals on him while shouting racist and homophobic slurs and expressing their support for Trump.

But a month later, police arrested Smollett himself, accusing the actor of paying $ 3,500 to two brothers to organize the assault as part of a ploy to gain public sympathy and strengthen its profile in the entertainment world.

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