The NY Post reports:
Jussie Smollett was convicted Thursday of staging a hate crime nearly three years after he claimed two Trump-loving bigots beat him up, tied a noose around his neck and doused him in bleach in a misbegotten bid to raise his public profile.
Twelve jurors in Chicago criminal court found the disgraced actor guilty of five of six counts of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report following testimony from 13 witnesses and more than nine hours of deliberation.
There are actual hate crimes in the US, and because of Smollett actual victims are more likely to be met with scepticism.
There is a sniff test that is usually right with alleged hate crimes. Is the alleged crime too perfect?
Smolleet alleged that his two assailants were:
- Had MAGA hats
- Used racial slurs
- Used homophobic slurs
- Poured bleach on him
- Tied a noose around his neck
- Said the attack was probably due to his criticisms of the (then) Government
From his viewpoint this was the perfect story. Both bleach and a noose. MAGA hats. It would be the hate crime attack to beat all other hate crime attacks. It would be like a hollywood script. And it was a script. The assailants were hired by him.