/  12.09.2021

Jussie Smollett has been found guilty on five of six counts of felony disorderly conduct, according to CNN.

A disorderly conduct charge for a false crime report, which is a Class 4 felony, is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Cook County Judge James Linn will determine the appropriate sentence for each count at a later hearing.

As REVOLT previously reported, Smollett pleaded not guilty to six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to the police. Back in 2019, the “Empire” actor, who is Black and gay, alleged that he was assaulted by two men who beat him, doused him in bleach, placed a noose around his neck and yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him. He also claimed that the men yelled, “This is MAGA country.”

Activists, celebrities and politicians rallied around the actor as everyone believed that he was a victim of a hate crime. However, as the investigation into the attack continued, authorities questioned Smollett’s role in everything.

Last week, Abimbola Osundairo took the stand to testify that he and his brother Olabinjo Osundairo were paid $3,500 to stage the attack. “He explained he wanted me to fake beat him up,” he told jurors. Abimbola also revealed that he agreed to the plan because he believed Smollett “could help further” his acting career.

However, Smollett took the stand on Monday (Dec. 6) to deny those allegations. The actor claimed he paid Abimbola $3,500 for nutrition and training advice. After the attack, Smollett returned home and noticed the noose around his neck. His friend called the police on his behalf.

“I am a Black man in America. I do not trust the police,” he testified. “I am also a well-known figure at that time and I am an openly gay man.”

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