The case of why Jussie Smollett lied has drawn outrage and compassion from all sides. He was attacked by masked men while walking home from a downtown Subway. He claimed that the attackers slapped him and yelled, “This is MAGA country!” The attack occurred on January 29, 2019 and was filmed in Chicago. Smollett’s lawyer has said that they plan to appeal the conviction.
In December, the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx apologized for dropping the charges against Smollett. But she backed his attorneys’ arguments and wrote an op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times. The op-ed also noted that the case had a tragic side. In her letter to the Chicago Tribune, Foxx called Smollett’s brothers “evil, racist, and a liar.”
The actor claims that the incident was staged to garner publicity for his acting career. However, he denies orchestrating it in order to get attention. At sentencing, Judge Linn excoriated Smollett by saying that the false claim had hurt the real victims of hate crimes. The judge denied both requests for a stay of execution. Both Smollett and his brother have expressed regret at the sentence.
The court heard Smollett’s defense in December. The two brothers he paid for the attack were given money to buy ski masks and rope. Smollett instructed the brothers to fashion the rope into a noose and shout racist slurs. During the trial, Smollett’s grandfather – who had a close relationship with Smollett- read the victim impact statement. He asked the judge to send the grandmother to jail with him if Smollett is sentenced to prison.
The alleged attack was staged, with the police accusing Smollett of staging the attack. The actor pleaded guilty to six felony charges after a trial. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail. He must pay the city $120,000 restitution for the damages caused by the staged attack. The verdict was a case of false reporting of a hate crime.
The FBI is investigating the case of Jussie Smollett. The alleged attacker, two brothers, paid him to stage the attack, claiming the attack was a hate crime. The brothers were convicted of a felony and pleaded not guilty. While the two brothers did not commit the alleged crime, they did give the police money to outfit the two men to carry out the attack.
The alleged attackers in the alleged hate crime were not arrested, but Jussie Smollett lied to police. In court, the actor was accused of lying about the attack. Afterwards, he was found guilty of felony assault. The prosecution has now presented evidence to the Cook County Grand Jury, claiming that he was the victim of a hate crime.