The the actor Juicy Smollettknown by the seriesempire‘, was sentenced Thursday to 150 days in prison for alleged forgery elemental attack homophobia in Chicago (USA) in January 2019.
In addition to spending nearly half a year in prison, the actor will stay another 30 months under the conditional It must pay $120,000 in compensation to the City of Chicago, plus a $25,000 fine.
The 39-year-old actor denounced in 2019 for being attacked by two men in the center of the capital Chicagowho – he said – insulted him, apparently spraying him with a liquid caustic They hung one rope around the neck.
He claimed that the attackers shouted at him.This is MAGA countryReferring to former President Donald Trump’s (2017-2021) campaign slogan.Make America great again(Make America Great Again, in Spanish.)
However, in the investigations it was discovered that everything was a trick prepared by the actor, who wanted to impress the producers of the series and promote his career, because thanks to the influence that he had, he managed to rally many of his followers as a party. protest sign.
Judge James Lynn boycott cookin Illinois, considered when mentioning his sentence that Smollett had no intention of making money through deception and that he invented the event to attract attention.
You were really craving the attention… You knew this was a country that was slowly trying to heal and I ripped off the scales of some wounds that were healing,” he said. Smollettaccording to the local press.
After hearing the verdict, the actor shouted that he could die in prison and insisted he was not a “suicidal person”, so if “something happened to him” it wouldn’t be his fault.
“If I do this, it means that I have put my fist into the fears of black Americans in this country for more than 400 years and the fears of the LGBT community,” he reasoned out loud.
The first criminal charges against Smollett on false charges were dismissed in a controversial decision by that county attorney general.
In a second case, Special Prosecutor Dan Webb reviewed the case and was able to secure special jury approval for six counts against the actor in February 2020, for disorderly conduct and lying to police about an alleged hate crime.
Smollett insisted during the trial that he was innocent, despite the testimony of the two other men involved in the event, brothers who claimed the actor had asked them to attack him and that they had “trained” the attack.
With information from EFE
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