Jussie Smollett is facing serious charges after being found guilty of falsely reporting criminal activity. On Thursday, Smollett's trial advanced to the Leighton Criminal Courts, where the jury made their final decision.
Smollett charged with five counts of disorderly conduct
Smollett made headlines in 2019 when he claimed that he was the victim of a hate crime. However, it has now been ruled that Smollett is responsible for both manufacturing the situation and reporting crimes that were not real to authorities. As several different news outlets share, he has been charged on five separate counts of disorderly conduct as a result.
This isn't the first occasion where the actor was indicted for the alleged crime, since 2019 saw him face the same consequence. However, charges were ultimately dropped against him back then, which led to an uprising in Chicago. In September 2020, Smollett spoke out in his first interview since the incident, saying how the "narrative" of the case "was intentionally created to make people doubt from the very beginning."
New details of the case have come to light recently though, with Smollett admitting that he did cocaine with his alleged "attacker". The actor is best known for having starred in the television series Empire, which concluded its run last year. While it remains to be seen what sentence Smollett will face after being handed down these charges, it is likely that his career in the entertainment industry has come to a standstill.