Last night, a jury returned a verdict in the trial of Jussie Smollett.

He was accused of staging the 2019 hate crime against himself.

A jury found him guilty of 5 out of 6 charges.

Smollett has yet to be sentenced but he plans to appeal.

CNN's Don Lemon was a close friend of Smollett.

He said he texted Smollett "every day" after the attack took place.

Smollett testified that Lemon texted him to tip him off that police didn't believe his story.

Lemon has made no mention of this text in his recent press coverage.

He slammed Smollett last night, saying he made it difficult for legitimate hate crime victims to speak out.