US actor Jussie Smollett guilty on fake hate crime charges
Washington, Dec 10: Former television actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty Thursday in Chicago on charges stemming from a hate crime he had initially claimed to be the victim of in a controversial case.
Three years ago, Smollett, an openly gay Black actor then appearing on the hit musical drama series"Empire," called police alleging that he had been called a homophobic slur and a noose had been placed around his neck by men in the red hats worn by then-President Donald Trump's supporters.
Police dug into the case and alleged he had paid two fellow actors on the show to stage the crime.
On Thursday, a jury in Chicago agreed. As Smollett was found guilty on five counts of disorderly conduct for each time he allegedly lied to police, he stood stone-faced in front of the jury.
The motive for why he may have faked the incident three years ago remains unknown.
ar/wd (AP, Reuters)