Chicago’s ABC News affiliate reports:
Jussie Smollett’s trial began Monday nearly three years after the former “Empire” actor reported he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago.
The actor is facing charges for what authorities say was a fake attack. Smollett told police he was walking home early in the morning back in January of 2019 when two men recognized him and began hurling racial and homophobic slurs at him.
Smollett faces six counts of disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony and carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts believe if Smollett is convicted he would most likely be placed on probation.
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Jussie Smollett Trial Begins After Special Prosecutor Revived Case Against Actor https://t.co/QHyS5wt9bd
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Jussie Smollett arrives at court in Chicago, where he stands trial for allegedly faking a hate crime. The actor faces six charges of making four false reports to police.https://t.co/bI89eJMWbW
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 29, 2021