The actor and singer Jussie Smollett has been found guilty of five counts of disorderly conduct. Smollett’s charges are in relation to making false reports to law enforcement, claiming that he was a victim of a hate crime in 2019.
Smollett, a former actor on the TV series “Empire,” was initially charged with six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to officials; one of those charges was dropped.
According to the prosecution, Smollett falsely reported a hate crime and paid two men to stage a hate crime against him. This was said to have been orchestrated in order to gain media coverage.
Smollett and his attorney plan on appealing the decision in hopes of reversing the verdict. (New York Post)