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Jussie Smollett Criminal Trial Set To Begin Today 3 Years After Alleged Hate Crime Hoax

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: Jussie Smollet (R) attends the New York Screening of "B-Boy Blues" at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem on November 19, 2021 in New York City.
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Actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal trial is set to begin today, nearly three years after prosecutors allege that he staged a racist and homophobic attack on himself.

Smollett is being tried for six counts of felony disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony that carries up to three years in prison, for allegedly making false statements to police.

Judge James Linn shot down attempts from Smollett’s legal team last month to get the charges against the actor dropped, noting that the case was being handled by a special prosecutor who was appointed by a different judge.

The Daily Wire reported:

In January 2019, Smollett claimed he was walking alone at night in Deep Blue Chicago during a polar vortex when two supporters of former President Donald Trump — who apparently happened to be carrying rope and bleach in the event they saw someone to attack that particular night — recognized him and brutally attacked him while yelling racial and homophobic slurs.

Smollett returned to a friend’s home and called the police, still wearing the noose that was apparently placed around his neck from his attackers. His story didn’t seem plausible on its face, as it is unlikely that such big supporters of Trump were fans of “Empire” to the extent that they knew Smollett was gay and where he would be in order to attack him.

It was later reported that Smollett hired two brothers whom he had previously worked with to stage the attack to raise his profile and hopefully get him a raise on “Empire” and further his acting career. The brothers alleged that Smollett paid them to buy plain red hats that he later claimed were “Make American Great Again” (MAGA) hats signaling the attackers’ support of Trump.

In September 2020, Smollett insisted he was “set up” and continued to claim that he was attacked by two white men wearing MAGA hats. The brothers who said they were paid to stage the attack are black. The Daily Wire reported at the time that Smollett suddenly started claiming he had two witnesses who could prove he did not fake the attack.

After Chicago police investigated Smollett’s original claims for two weeks, they suspected he had staged the attack.

Democrat politicians immediately seized on the actor’s initial claims, including far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

“There is no such thing as ‘racially charged.’ This attack was not ‘possibly’ homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack,” she claimed. “If you don’t like what is happening to our country, then work to change it. It is no one’s job to water down or sugar-coat the rise of hate crimes.”

Vice President Kamala Harris, then a U.S.-Senator, tweeted: “Jussie Smollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) tweeted: “Jussie is my friend – a very talented & beautiful human being. It is so hurtful that homophobic haters would dare hurt someone so loving and giving. I’m dedicated to finding the culprits and bringing them to justice. Jussie did not deserve to be harmed by anyone!”

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