‘Justice!’: Jussie Smollett Passes Away Following Chicago Day of Accusations

What I was able to do was literally control the President of the United States for the last 2 days. #justicefordawnay — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2019 Jussie Smollett’s day began at…

‘Justice!’: Jussie Smollett Passes Away Following Chicago Day of Accusations

What I was able to do was literally control the President of the United States for the last 2 days. #justicefordawnay — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2019

Jussie Smollett’s day began at 8:00 a.m. ET Tuesday when he walked into Cook County Central Bond Court in Chicago, Illinois wearing a checkered, hip-hugging black top. He was in a quick jovial mood, flashing a giant smile as he arrived. Smollett left the courtroom a short time later with his music producer manager Eddie “E-Money” Money II. He was in court listening to arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys. Smollett has been accused of allegedly staging an assault on himself in downtown Chicago because he was unhappy with his salary. Prosecutors also alleged that the actress had concocted the crime so that he could garner media attention.

In March, federal investigators examined the internet activities of Smollett, 34, who has appeared on the Fox TV series “Empire.” Smollett used his passport, phone and social media accounts to purchase a gift card in order to “buy himself time,” an investigator found, according to a federal court filing that was made public. Investigators ultimately determined that Smollett had bribed a “personal trainer” to help him get into shape for the assault. The trainer was secretly recorded as he rhapsodized over plans for Smollett and two other men to beat up a victim in an attack. The two men they “arrested” were white men.

The hour-long arraignment began Tuesday afternoon.

Smollett has pleaded not guilty to 16 charges, including disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.

On Wednesday morning, the jury began deliberating after Judge John Arthur Q. Fitzgerald Jr. told jurors that the case was “high-profile.” Fitzgerald said he wanted them to be aware that this case has garnered significant publicity.

Prosecutors said at trial that Smollett paid two brothers to stage the attack. The prosecution called their alleged accomplices as the make-up artist and the actor’s body double, who stood in as Smollett’s victim while a construction worker in a gray shirt stood as the “beatdown” assailant.

When Fitzgerald read the verdict, Smollett left the courtroom after placing his head in his hands.

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