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Prosecutor: Jussie Smollett reported ‘fake hate crime'

1 month ago   |   By Boston Herald

Jussie Smollett staged a racist and homophobic assault and told police he was the victim after the television studio where he worked didn't take hate mail he had received seriously, a prosecutor said during opening statements in the ex-“Empire” actor's trial Monday.
Smollett has maintained he was the victim in the January 2019 attack in downtown Chicago. But special prosecutor Dan Webb said the actor recruited two brothers he worked with to help him carry out the fake attack. He then reported it to Chicago Police, who classified it as a hate crime and spent 3,000 hours on the investigation.
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