Jussie Smollett arrives at court for trial of alleged fake attack

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Jussie Smollett has arrived in Chicago court to stand trial for allegedly being a racist and assaulting a homosexual, which she later told law enforcement.

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A large crowd of the press and supporters gathered outside the courtroom for the trial as Mr Smollett arrived with seven members of his family.

Mr Smollett faced felony charges for an alleged fake assault in January 2019. He was indicted last year by a grand jury on six counts, all linked to alleged lies to law enforcement about the assault.

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Mr Smollett has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He was initially charged with 16 counts, but all of them were dropped by the prosecutor’s office in March 2019.

The six new charges were announced after a special prosecutor presented the case to a grand jury.

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Mr Smollett initially claimed he was attacked by two white men at 2 a.m. on a cold winter night, hurling racist and homophobic abuses at him, and pouring bleach on what he thought was the case.

But two men who are not white – brothers Abel and Ola Osundaro – later claimed the attack was staged. He said Mr Smollett had paid him to conduct the stunt, prompting Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx to make the initial charges. The brothers are expected to testify at trial.

The trial was delayed due to the pandemic but jury selection has now been cleared to begin. Mr Smollett could face up to three years in prison if convicted of all charges.

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