According to the Daily Mail, Jussie Smollett has been convicted of creating a racial and homophobic hate crime and faces up to 20 years in prison for staging the assault and fabricating a “ridiculous tale.”
Judge James Linn read out the guilty verdicts on five of the six charges of disorderly conduct in the Chicago courthouse, and the former Empire TV star remained hard and emotionless.
“Mr. Smollett getting up and lying for hours and hours definitely aggravated his misbehavior,” said special prosecutor Dan Webb.
Webb reminded reporters that 26 police officers spent 3,000 hours investigating the phony attack on Smollett in order to assist the disgraced actor in locating the people he falsely claimed attacked him in 2019.
Before the jury walked in to deliver the fatal blow, Smollett – who had been found not guilty on the last count – had paced anxiously, constantly fixing his tie and smoothing the jacket of his gray suit.
He might be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
Judge Linn spoke out against court outbursts before the jury foreperson announced the results, saying, “I appreciate how difficult this has been for everyone.”
“You can tell by the intensity in the courtroom that so much was at risk,” he stated after they were delivered.
Smollett, 39, sat back down with his hands clasped in front of him as the judge thanked the jury.
Linn ordered a pre-sentence investigation and decided that Smollett should be allowed to stay free on bail.
He will be released on bail until his sentencing.
Smollett exited the courtroom without answering reporters’ questions.