Jussie Smollett found guilty of staging fake hate crime – but ex-Empire actor ‘will appeal’ verdict

US actor Jussie Smollett has been found guilty of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself in what prosecutors said was a bid to gain sympathy and bolster his career.

Prosecutors said the 39-year-old former Empire star lied to police when he told them that he was accosted on a street by two masked strangers in January 2019.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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