Washington: A jury in Chicago on Thursday found US actor Jussie Smollett guilty of 5 felony counts of disorderly conduct for falsely telling police he was the sufferer of a racist and hate crime in 2019 — an assault prosecutors mentioned he himself staged.
Smollett, who was one of many stars of the favored tv drama “Empire” on the time, informed police in January 2019 that he was attacked in the nighttime by two masked males whereas strolling close to his Chicago dwelling.
But investigators ultimately concluded — primarily based on examination of closed circuit tv photos and the cellular phone information of Smollett and his two alleged attackers — that he had orchestrated the entire thing.
“The jury in the case of Jussie Smollett have found Mr Smollett guilty of five of six counts of disorderly conduct,” Cook County Circuit Court spokeswoman Mary Wisniewski mentioned in an announcement to reporters.
The actor faces as much as three years in jail, however might as an alternative be sentenced to probation and neighborhood service. No sentencing date was set.
Smollett — who was dropped from “Empire” after the allegations in opposition to him — was acquitted on a sixth rely.