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Jussie Smollett count 6 charges verdict, when will be sentenced

Jussie Smollett was convicted of fabricating a hate crime in order to 'boost his career'.

Jussie Smollett, a former star of the television drama Empire, has been found guilty of staging a hate crime against himself in an attempt to garner sympathy and advance his career, prosecutors allege.

The verdict was handed down on Thursday following a one-week trial during which two brothers testified that Smollett recruited them to stage an attack on him near his downtown Chicago home in January 2019.

Prosecutors allege that Smollett, who is black and openly gay, lied to police when he claimed to have been approached on a dark Chicago street by two masked strangers.

Smollett claimed the men tied a noose around his neck and poured chemicals on him while yelling racist and homophobic epithets and expressing support for former President Donald Trump.

Smollett was arrested a month after the alleged assault on the grounds that he paid two brothers $US3500 ($A4891) to stage the attack in order to boost his showbiz profile. He ultimately pled not guilty to six felony disorderly conduct charges.

Jussie Smollett count 6 charges verdict, when will be sentenced
A Chicago jury has found that 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett staged a race hate attack against himself.

Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, two brothers, testified that Smollett paid them to stage an attack and instructed them on how to attack him. The actor testified throughout the trial and refuted their accounts.

A doctor who evaluated Smollett in the emergency department on the night of the attack testified before the jury that the actor sustained legitimate injuries.

Smollett's acting career suffered a setback following the event. He was cast in the final season of Empire, a Fox television hip-hop drama that concluded its five-year run in 2020.

In 2019, the Cook County state's attorney's office dropped a 16-count indictment against him in exchange for Smollett forfeiting his $US10,000 ($A14,000) bond without admitting wrongdoing.

Jussie Smollett, a US actor, maintains that his alleged assault was manufactured.
Jussie Smollett, a US actor, maintains that his alleged assault was manufactured.

The dismissal attracted condemnation from then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's police superintendent, who labeled it a miscarriage of justice.

In June 2019, the case was referred to a special prosecutor. The special prosecutor recommended charging Smollett again following a five-month investigation, and a grand jury delivered a six-count felony disorderly conduct charge.

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