American actor Jussie Smollett has been found guilty of five counts of disorderly conduct for making false reports to police that he was a victim of a hate crime in January 2019.
The former “Empire” actor claimed to have been attacked by two men who beat him up, tied a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him.
Smollett was found guilty of five out of the six charges levelled against him.
The 12-person jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours on Wednesday, December 8 – December 9, 2021.
He was charged for disorderly conduct charge for a false crime report which is a Class 4 felony and punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
It would be recalled that Smollett was hospitalised after he was reportedly injured by two men in what looks like a homophobic attack back in January 2019.
There were reportedly two men wearing ski masks that viciously attacked Jussie as he fought back.
He suffered a fractured rib, and the attackers put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him as they yelled, “This is MAGA country.”
The Osundairo brothers were later named in the alleged attack on Smollett. They were arrested shortly after the January 2019 incident, but when it was discovered that Abimbola Osundairo knew Smollett before the alleged attack, police turned their attention to the actor. The brothers were released without charges.
Smollett was charged in February 2019, though those charges were dropped a month later, and he was indicted on the charges he ultimately faced trial over in February 2020.