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Smollett’s lawyer sure actor’s term for fake MAGA attack will be commuted

18:34, 10 December 2021
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The “Empire” TV series star has been found guilty of five counts of disorderly conduct as he claimed that he was a victim of a hate attack which he staged himself.

Chicago criminal court’s jury has found guilty Jussie Smollett, 39, of staging a hate assault against himself in 2019 when the Black gay actor claimed that two Trump supporters beat him, used bleach against him, and tied a noose around his neck.

The jury which consisted of six men and six women made its decision on the day following the start of the deliberations including testimonies by 13 witnesses. The actor has been found guilty of five counts out of six implying up to three years of jail. However, Smollett is expected to get a light sentence or even probation since he has no previous convictions.

Attorney Nenye Uche unveiled plans to appeal against the decision and said he was certain that it would be a success.

“He’s committed to clearing his name, and he’s 100% confident that he’s going to get cleared by the appellate court.”

During a court hearing held earlier this week, Smollett denied that he masterminded the hoax assault for increasing his public profile and lying to the police officers. The jurors agreed with the prosecutors who said that Smollett had not only performed the role of a victim but also written a script with homophobic and pro-Trump lines for the “assaulters”, brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, and chosen the spot under surveillance cameras.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb also stressed that the interpreter of Jamal Lyon in Empire lied for hours in front of the jury. According to his information, Smollett paid the Osundairos $3,500 to take part in the fake assault.

According to officials, the actor’s motivation was boosting his status as he was discontent with the $100,000-salary he earned on the TV series.