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US actor Jussie Smollett guilty on fake hate crime charges

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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.

US actor Jussie Smollett guilty on fake hate crime charges

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)

Source: DW

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