The supporters of Jussie Smollett said he is being mistreated by a racist system after he was sentenced to jail time for staging a hate crime against himself. They held a rally outside the Cook County Jail in Chicago.
Judge James Linn approved a request submitted Thursday by Smollett's attorneys that the 39-year-old be held in a cell by himself monitored continuously by cameras and guards.
Jussie Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in Cook County Jail for staging a hate crime and lying to Chicago police in 2019.
After nearly two weeks and what’s been, at times, a contentious trial, Jussie Smollett learned his fate Thursday.
Jurors in Jussie Smollett’s trial resumed deliberations Thursday on charges the former “Empire” actor orchestrated a fake attack on himself, then lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist hate crime.
The end of the high profile trial of Jussie Smollett is nearing a conclusion after the case was handed off to a jury on Wednesday afternoon. Trial consultant Dave Zehner joined FOX 32 Chicago to talk more about it.
The jury in the Jussie Smollett trial took up deliberations Wednesday afternoon after nearly five hours of closing arguments.
A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that there is “overwhelming evidence” that former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in downtown Chicago for publicity, then lied to police about it.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday morning in the case against former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Jussie Smollett spent the day Tuesday being questioned by prosecutors. Now, closing arguments are set for Wednesday.
Attorneys began questioning Jussie Smollett on Monday in his trial in Chicago, where he began by answering questions about his background and his career.
Jussie Smollett’s legal team Thursday will seek to dent the credibility of a star state witness who the day before testified about how he said the former “Empire” actor recruited him and his brother to stage a racist, homophobic attack on Smollett.
One of the Osundairo brothers, who allegedly helped the former ‘Empire’ star stage a hate crime against himself, took the stand as a key witness for Special Prosecutor Dan Webb.
A point of focus in the courtroom Tuesday, Nov. 30, was a text message sent by Smollett to one of two men originally questioned by police.
The lead detective in the Jussie Smollett case testified on Tuesday about why Chicago police eventually became very suspicious of the former Empire actor's claims that he had been attacked.
Jussie Smollett "is a real victim" of a "real crime," his attorney said in opening statements at the ex-"Empire" actor’s trial Monday.
Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the trial of former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett — nearly three years after he claimed he was the victim of a hate crime only to later be accused of staging the attack.
The actor is accused of staging a hoax where he was the alleged victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago.
Jussie Smollett's hearing took all of Wednesday and was closed to the public, so little was revealed about what went on inside the courtroom.
Empire star Jussie Smollett returns to court for judges to decide whether his attorney can continue to represent him and speaks publicly ahead of the court hearing.