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Ex-‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Counts For Hate Crime Hoax

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Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) from Fox’s former primetime soap opera, Empire, was found guilty on Thursday on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct stemming from making a false report to the Chicago police department that he was the victim of a hate crime.

The actor’s account of the story dates back to 2019 and finally made its way to the Chicago court system for trial.

In the end, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and today to return the verdict after sitting through testimonies of 13 witnesses.

According to reports, Smollett did not look at his family or the judge during the reading of the verdicts on the six counts he was charged instead he looked at the jury members.

Smollett could face up to 3 years in a prison and a $25,000 fine, Judge James Linn will have discretion in imposing a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count.  That will happen at a later date.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb said at a post-verdict news conference: “Mr. Smollett would not have lost this case as he did today unless the jury found that he lied to them. The fact that he came up with a completely ridiculous story to explain his misconduct did not apparently have an impact on the jury’s verdict.”

During the trial brothers, Bola and Ola Osundairo testified that Smollett had paid them to stage the hate crime attack on him in an attempt to get media attention.  The brothers testified that they fake punched Smollett, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and used racist and homophobic slurs, because Jussie told them to do so in return for the money.

According to Smollett’s defense team, they will appeal the verdict.

So, what do you think about the guilty verdict for Jussie Smollett? Comment below.

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Soaphound
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Soaphound

So sad that anyone is that desperate for attention. What’s confusing is that his career was really taking off when this happened. Why then? Either way, a boatload of public money was wasted on this nonsense. Ultimately, it’s taxpayers that suffer. As usual.

JenW
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I so agree. What an idiot, and he’s now thrown his career away.

Momo
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I believe the city has a civil suit against him to recover the money.

I don’t understand either why someone would go to these extremes. He thought he was smarter than everyone. He’s still blaming others.

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Soaphound—-what’s even sadder is how eager some of us were to believe him—while many of us were confused.
I question who tells the truth anymore.
Speaking of truth—about GH ( right now, my fave—yup, I can be so fickle.LOL)—-I have this hunch Stella is really Curtis’ bio mother.
Seeing Marshall was quite a shock . Is that the reason he disappeared for so long?
Starting to look a lot like Paulina’s story ( DOOL).

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In no way do I justify what Smollett did…. but if he ends up doing prison time for beating the crap out of himself, while a literal terrorist who murdered two people in cold blood (and seriously wounded a third) in front of hundreds of witnesses can walk free….. well, that just ain’t right. Mortal justice is really slacking these days. Fortunately, the truly guilty don’t get off that easily, once they have shuffled off their mortal coil. On the other horn, if Smollett found himself at the receiving end of a civil suit from the producers of “Empire” for… Read more »

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I think Jossied deserves ome jail time; I was a huge fan of his before and admit to a crush, too. But in the midst of all the racial turbulence and violence that’s actually taking place in this country, faking an attack was hideous on too many levels to count . He should pay for it. At the same time, I hear you about Rittenhouse. The boy should be locked up for decades; outright murderer. The fact that the cult took up a gofundme for his defense is just another example of the crazies running around with voting rights, sitting… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

Good. Let’s hope he gets years of prison time.

davlestev1
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While he didn’t commit the most heinous of crimes, he affected the civil rights movements of several groups at the time by being generally and genuinely selfish. And foolish. His family knows what he did. Jurnee, his sister knows for sure. She most likely dressed him down for it, but still supported him. He may get a Lifetime Movie out the deal (LOL) but he still damaged his career. His African American audience, as well as LGBTQ won’t let this easily die down. But the details on the witness stand out of his own mouth about the sexual encounters. Oh… Read more »

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Maybe Oprah can rehabilitate him, and get him in a Disney production…

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Jussie Smollett Releases New Rap Single ‘Thank You God’ Speaking On the Injustice of His Court Case

Now that former Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) is out of jail while appealing his conviction for the 2019 Chicago hate crime hoax, in which he was at the epicenter, the singer/actor wasted no time dropping a rap single.

On his Instagram account, Smollett posted a short clip of a new rap song, which speaks about his court case and the injustices brought down upon him by the system.

The track entitled,“Thank You God,” features Smollett rapping lyrics like: “You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?”  He also raps, that there will come a day when he can sit down and talk with his followers.  He gives a mention to “D.L.” who many believe is CNN anchor, Don Lemon, who was originally one of Smollett’s main advocates.

Jussie served 10 days of jail time of his sentence of 150 days before being released . He also has 30 months of probation ahead of him and was ordered to pay $120,106 to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine for his actions.

Smollett says any funds raised for “Thank You God” will be donated to the Illinois Innocence Project, Rainbow Push, Secure The Bag Safety.

Check out Jussie’s Instagram post containing the rap below/

Now let us know, what do you think about Smollett releasing this track and still defending his innocence? Comment below.

 

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‘Empire’ Star, Jussie Smollett, Sentenced to 150 Days In Jail For Fake Hate Crime Attack

Late Thursday, former Empire actor and singer, Jussie Smollett, was sentenced in Chicago more than three months after being found guilty on five felony counts to the alleged 2019 hate crime hoax that made national headlines, and got the actor fired from the former Fox primetime drama series.

In the sentencing, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days starting immediately.  In addition, he received 30 months’ probation, and has to pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution, plus Jussie received an additional $25,000 fine.

Cook County Judge James Linn, who levied the sentence, came down hard in his words on Smollett due his actions noting he was, “selfish, arrogant and narcissistic.”  The judge added, “You wanted to make yourself more famous throwing a national pity party for yourself. You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be the victim of a hate crime.”

Linn went in on Smollett for his ‘performance’ and ‘pure perjury’ when the actor took to the witness stand in his own defense last year.

At the end of his sentencing, Smollett pulled down his mask to speak. He then let everyone in the courtroom know that he feels he is innocent, adding, “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this. And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”

Just before he was taken into custody, Smollett yelled again that he was innocent and raised a fist in the air as he exited.

Watch the sentencing of Jussie Smollett below, then weigh-in.  Did Smollett get enough of a sentence for his crime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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‘Empire’ Favorite Taraji P. Henson to Host the American Music Awards

She played the fierce head of record label and music empire on TV, and now she is about to take on the hosting duties at one of music’s most popular nights of the year, when she hosts ABC’s American Music Awards.   News today has former Empire on Fox star, Taraji P. Henson (Ex-Cookie Lyon) taking on the key role in keeping the night moving and the music coming for music fans around the world.

The 2020 AMAs will air live on Sunday, November 22nd at 8:00 PM ET/PT.   In a statement on her latest gig, Henson expressed: “The AMAs brings together the music community to celebrate what really drives all artists – the fans,  I’m proud to take the stage as this year’s host – and also a fan – for what promises to be an electrifying night of music.”

And coming up the motion picture and television actress will put a spotlight on  mental wellness in a new talk show for Facebook Watch.  In addition, she is also currently developing an Empire spinoff with her production company.

Broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, this year’s AMA nominees include The Weeknd and rapper Roddy Ricch, both with eight nominations, leading the pack of this year’s nominees.  Voting for the AMA’s continues and you can a vote in all categories here.

So, it seems to us that Taraji will be a great host for the AMA’s! What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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