CHICAGO — A jury found actor Jussie Smollett guilty on five of six felony disorderly conduct charges on Thursday, nearly three years after he was accused of falsely reporting a racist, homophobic attack directed toward him in Chicago.
The lone not guilty verdict was for Smollett making a false report that he was a victim of an aggravated battery.
Defense attorney Nenye Uche said Smollett would appeal the conviction, saying that Smollett is 100% innocent.
Judge James Linn set a post-trial hearing for Jan. 27, adding that he would schedule Smollett’s sentencing at a later date.
Breaking: Jussie Smollett convicted of orchestrating and reporting a phony hate crime on himselfhttps://t.co/WCZ0v38NIy — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) December 9, 2021.
Officials charged Smollett with disorderly conduct days after he reported the alleged incident.
A grand jury subsequently indicted Smollett on six counts of disorderly conduct, CNN reported. »