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Jussie Smollett Will Appeal Against Conviction in Hate Crime Hoax, Twitter Reacts

The former ‘Empire’ star is found guilty of 5 of the 6 felony counts against him for providing a false report to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in 2019.

AceShowbiz -The verdict is in on Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax. On Thursday, December 9, the actor was found guilty by jury for lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in 2019.

The 39-year-old was found guilty of 5 of the 6 felony counts against him. He was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct related to false statements to Chicago police officers regarding the attack, with prosecutors ringing him up for each time he did it.

The first five counts were for lying to cops on January 29, 2019, the night of the staged attack. The sixth, of which he was found not guilty, was for a separate interview with Chicago PD on February 14, 2019 when he told a detective he was a victim of aggravated burglary.

According to reports, Jussie was stoic in court as the jury read the verdict. He sat upright and stared straight ahead without showing any real emotion. He did not speak to the press after the guilty conviction, but his defense team made it clear that they’re going to appeal the case.

Judge James Linn said he will order a pre-sentencing investigation and attorneys will meet via conference call to determine a date for pre-sentencing motions. A disorderly conduct charge for a false crime report is a class 4 felony that carries a prison sentence of up to three years and a $250,000 fine, but experts have said that Jussie would likely be placed on probation and ordered to perform community service if found guilty.

In January 2019, Jussie claimed that two men attacked him due to his skin color and sexual orientation. Since being accused of staging the attack, the “Empire” alum has maintained his innocence, claiming that he did not hire brothers Abel and Bola Osundairo to stage the attack on him.

Following the guilty verdict, Twitter reacted by trolling Jussie. “#JussieSmollett time to take whatever few grand left and open an artisan donut shop,” one suggested to the actor. Another sarcastically said, “Jussie Smollett can sleep in peace tonight knowing his attacker was finally brought to justice.”

“Y’all knew Jussie Smollett was lying the minute he went on stage and said he was the gay Tupac,” one other remarked. Someone else pointed out, “I know Jussie Smollett thinks he’s ‘the gay Tupac,’ but I think he forgot that Tupac was convicted and went to prison.”

Even Donald Trump Jr. has weighed in on the case. He tweeted, “We finally got #justiceforjussie.” The son of former president Donald Trump added, “I’m just happy to live in a country where people will go to jail for attacking a gay black man… There’s absolutely no place for that s**t in America, or anywhere else, and I am happy the perpetrator was brought to justice.”

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