#BREAKING | Jussie Smolett Trial : A verdict has been reached in the trial of Jussie Smollett, according to Mary Wisniewski, director of communications for the Office of the Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court.
The jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours, two hours on Wednesday and about seven hours on Thursday.
Jussie Smollett has been found guilty on five counts of felony disorderly conduct by a Chicago jury for making false reports to police that he was the victim of a hate crime in January 2019.
Smollett was facing six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports to police that he was a victim of a hate crime in early 2019.
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 gay and Black, told authorities he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment early that morning.
After the story broke, many celebrities, politicians and advocacy groups rallied behind the 39-year-old actor, who, according to police, said the alleged attackers attacked him at 2 a.m. as he walked back from a Subway sandwich shop.
Chicago police investigated the case as a possible hate crime but soon said the actor orchestrated the incident. They said he paid two brothers he knew from the TV show “Empire” to stage the incident for publicity. Smollett said he paid the brothers for training advice and nutritional tips.