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Jussie Smollett Could Spend 1-3 Years Behind Bars Due To New Charges

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By Chris Barilla

Despite avoiding potential jail time last year following a highly publicized criminal case, former star of the hit television show 'Empire,' Jussie Smollett, could still be facing time behind bars thanks to new charges being raised against him.

Illinois criminal defense lawyer Steven R. Hunter has come out and stated that Smollett has the potential of facing 1-3 years in jail still because of six new charges that are being brought against him in the wake of all of his prior charges.

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On February 11, the six new charges were raised against the actor stemming from claims that he faked a hate crime in Chicago during January of 2019. Smollett was brought up on 16 different charges initially as a result of this crime, but after a strenuous legal battle he was seeminly acquitted of all charges.

Despite this, Smollett still spoke out against the Chicago Police Department and the legal proceedings that he claimed mistreated him and wrongfully painted him as the criminal.

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In an interview with Hollywood Life, Hunter claims that, “[Smollett] and his lawyers probably made a huge mistake. He was given a gift, a deal from the prosecution that resulted in a dismissal of all charges in exchange for forfeiting his bond and having done some community service. All he had to do was keep quiet, but instead he went outside the courtroom and made numerous public statements declaring his innocence and stating that there was no deal. Instead, he and his lawyers claimed that the case was dismissed because the prosecution had a weak case.”

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Smollett is accused of falsifying a police report and lying overall about being the victim of a vicious attack perpetrated by unknown assailants donning "Make America Great Again" hats. The actor claimed at the time that the assailants poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck, and used racial and homophobic slurs against him. He further claimed that the assailants yelled, "this is MAGA country," while attacking him, none of these statements were proven to be substantiated in a court of law.

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The legal proceedings following the falsified "attack" proved that Smollett paid two aspiring actors, Abel Osundairo and Ola Osundairo, to fake the vicious beating and help substantiate his claims.

In the wake of this being proven false, Smollett's attorney was able to secure a shockingly underwhelming verdict for Smollett, which only saw the actor paying $10,000 bail and engaging in some community service.

The six new charges being brought against Smollett have been proven to be of substantial enough merit to warrant jail time, despite his acquittal on other charges.

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