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Jussie Smollett guilty of making false police reports on the attack

The verdict fell for Jussie smollettof the criminal trial.

On Thursday, December 9, the Cook County Circuit Court announced that a jury had found the former Empire actor guilty of five of the six counts of misconduct for making false police reports. The five counts come after he told investigators in January 2019 that he was the victim of an alleged hate crime and assault and battery.

He was found not guilty of count six, which accused him of making a false police report that he had been the victim of aggravated bodily harm.

The verdict came a day after the jury was sent for deliberation on Wednesday, December 8, after a week of testimony, including one from Smollett himself.

Throughout the trial, Smollett’s legal team denied prosecutors’ claims that the 39-year-old star, who is black and openly gay, paid two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, $ 3,500 to stage a hate crime to gain public sympathy.

Both brothers testified during the trial that they were paid to organize a hoax attack. Meanwhile, Smollett testified that he paid Abimbola for training and fitness advice.

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