Jussie Smollett Found Guilty Of Lying About ‘MAGA Country’ Attack, Internet Predictably Reacts

Reactions: Jussie Smollett Guilty Of Lying About 'MAGA Country' Attack

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  • In January 2019, actor Jussie Smollett claimed that he was attacked by two men who used racial/homophobic slurs and put a noose around his neck.
  • The attack was discovered to have been staged by Smollett himself.
  • As a result, Smollett has now been found guilty of five crimes in relation to the incident.

Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor who claimed that he was attacked by two men who yelled “MAGA country” at him in 2019, has been found guilty of five charges in relation to the incident. He was found to be innocent for a sixth charge, aggravated battery/wearing a hood or mask to conceal his identity.

Smollett, 39-years-old, has been found guilty of five felony charges, including lying to the police about the alleged hate crime. Smollett’s trial was delayed for over an entire year due to the pandemic.

Back in 2019, Smollet reported to Chicago police that he was assaulted by two men in ski masks on January 29, 2019, claiming that they used racial and homophobic slurs and said, “This is MAGA country.” Smollet also alleged that the men put a noose around his neck.

Up until this week, it was widely assumed Smollett wouldn’t serve any actual time if found guilty for the six disorderly conduct claims. However, despite having no prior criminal record, the strong insistence of Smollett’s two days of testimony in his own defense greatly reduced that possibility in the light of today’s conviction. [via Deadline]

The jury began deliberating their verdict on December 8 and came to their decision on the afternoon of Thursday, December 9. As a result of the five guilty charges, Smollet faces up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Sentencing will happen during the next few weeks, and in the meantime, Smollett will stay free on bond.

Following the news of Smollett’s guilty charges, the usual talking heads predictably hopped on the opportunity to react to the verdict on Twitter.

In addition to the Fox drama Empire, Smollett was also known for appearances in films such as The Mighty Ducks, North, Alien: Covenant, and Marshall, and television shows such as The Mindy Project, Revenge, Underground, and Star. Smollett hasn’t acted in any projects since making the false claims.

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