Man Convicted After Faking Hate Attack

Man Found Guilty of Faking Hate Crime

( – Some people will do just about anything for their five minutes of fame. But what about people who are already famous? It turns out even they make some startling moves to raise their status just a little bit more. This month, a jury found actor Jussie Smollett guilty on 5 of 6 counts of disorderly conduct for orchestrating a hate crime against himself.

On January 29, 2019, two men attacked Smollett in front of a security camera near his home in downtown Chicago. However, as Chicago police dedicated 3,000 staff hours and at least 24 officers to the investigation, they received conflicting reports on just what happened.

It turns out Smollett paid the two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, $3,500 to attack him to raise his celebrity profile. Smollett is both black and gay, and he reportedly hoped if he were a victim of such a hate crime, it would boost his name in the news.

The Associated Press shared more of the scene as it unfolded at the courthouse:

If Smollett’s goal was name recognition, he certainly has that now. While disorderly conduct is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison, CBS Chicago reports that analysts don’t expect him to spend much time in jail despite lying to authorities many times. A judge will sentence Smollett in a few months. So, for now, Americans will have to wait to see what happens.

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