Actor Jussie Smollet, a former cast of the popular television drama “Empire”, was pronounced guilty on Thursday, December 9, 2021, of lying about a supposed hate crime against himself in what prosecutors was a manipulative move by the actor to win sympathy from the general public and boost his career.
Jussie Smollet, who is a black gay is reported by the prosecutor to have lied to law enforcement officials when told them he had been attacked by two masked and armed strangers on a dark Chicago street in 2019.
The actor could face a maximum sentence of three-years for each crime when his sentence is pronounced, but there is hope of probation
The Cook County Circuit jury, after a nine hour deliberation, found the 39 year old actor guilty of five out of the six felony charges against him.
Labelling Smollett’s description of what happened as “ridiculous,” special prosecutor Dan Webb told reporters following the verdict that “Mr. Smollett would not have lost this case as he did today unless the jury found that he lied to them.”
Smollet’s lead defense attorney, Nenye Uche, insisted however that her client was an “innocent man” who was upbeat that guilty verdict pronounced against him would be reversed on appeal.
“I don’t for one second believe that justice was done today,” Smollet’s lead defense attorney, Uche said outside court, reiterating that the defense was facing a nigh impossible task because “Jussie was already tried and convicted in the media.”