Jussie Smollett Found Guilty Of Filing False Police Reports

Jussie Smollett, former “Empire” star, has been found guilty of five felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report to Chicago police that he was the victim of a hate crime in January 2019.

During the case, prosecutors argued Smollett had staged the attack himself in an attempt to gain sympathy and raise his profile.

From CNN:

The jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours over Wednesday and Thursday.

A disorderly conduct charge for a false crime report is a Class 4 felony and punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Cook County Judge James Linn will have discretion in imposing a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count at a later date.

On January 29, 2019, Smollett, who is Black and gay, told authorities he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment early that morning.