Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been convicted of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself.
The 39-year-old had been accused of lying to police about the alleged assault which he claimed took place in his home city of Chicago in January 2019.
Smollett was convicted on five counts of making false reports of a hate crime and battery. He was cleared on the sixth count of making a false report of an aggravated assault.
The Empire actor had claimed he had been subjected to a racist anti-gay attack in his home city of Chicago by brothers Bola and Ola Osundairo.
However, the two brothers who allegedly carried out the assault said the incident had been orchestrated by Smollett himself to generate publicity.
Actually, my surprise has been why he fought so hard against conviction. Yes, I know, innocent man etc. But he wasn’t, clearly enough. And his sentence will be probation. Why not just plea bargain it down – he could have done – and avoid this circus?
I have to assume he thought he could get away with it. Actors often aren’t all that bright…..