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Closing arguments set to begin in Jussie Smollett trial

Added 12-08-21 11:18:02am EST - “Smollett is charged with six felony counts of disorderly conduct.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Closing arguments set to begin in Jussie Smollett trial”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CHICAGO — Prosecutors on Wednesday blasted former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett for lying about “something as serious and as heinous as a real hate crime” — as closing arguments got underway in his trial for allegedly staging an anti-gay, racist attack against himself in downtown Chicago.

Smollett, 39, is charged with six felony counts of disorderly conduct for making what prosecutors say were false police reports about the alleged attack in January 2019.

“It’s clearly a violation for the law to go to the police and report to police a fake crime and tell police it’s a real crime,” special prosecutor Dan Webb told the jury.

“Beyond that, it’s just plain wrong [for], Mr. Smollett, a successful black actor, an openly gay person, to outright denigrate something as serious and as heinous as a real hate crime, to denigrate it and then to make sure it involved words and symbols that have such historical significance in our country,” Webb continued.

Webb said the actor forced police to “spend an enormous amount of time taking it very seriously” for them “only to find out it was, in fact, a fake hate crime.”

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