In recent times, hate crimes have been at an all time excessive. Accordingly, faking a hate crime is extraordinarily uncommon, if not unprecedented. As such, Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime hoax was probably the most stunning scandals to have erupted in Hollywood.
Regardless of being a proficient and promising younger actor, Smollett was accused of staging his personal hate crime, reportedly as a way of reaching notoriety. The “Empire” star alleged in 2019 that he had been the sufferer of an assault by Donald Trump supporters. Discussing the incident with ABC Information, he claimed that he was on his method to purchase groceries in Chicago when two males, who apparently acknowledged him from “Empire,” started uttering racist and homophobic slurs. Smollett claimed his attackers then tied a noose round his neck and poured a chemical substance throughout him.
Nevertheless, police quickly started to identify holes within the actor’s story and it emerged that he had doubtless been mendacity. Subsequently, he was charged with submitting a false police report. Brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo stated that Smollett employed them to stage the assault, although the actor denied the claims, per CNN.
In 2021, Smollett was discovered responsible of staging the crime and was sentenced to 150 days in jail. He maintains that he didn’t lie in regards to the hate crime. Showing in a 2023 Fox Nation documentary (by way of the Each day Mail) on the obvious hoax, the Osundairo brothers criticized Smollett for failing to take duty for his actions.
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