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The never ending Jussie Smollett hate crime drama is finally heading into its final act

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Jussie Smollett on felony disorderly conduct charges begins today in a Chicago court.The former Empire actor faces the charges in connection with an incident that occurred in 2019 when he told police–and the media–that he’d been a victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime.A subsequent investigation turned up evidence that he may have actually faked the attack, paying his alleged assailants to help him stage the crime in order to get a pay raise on Empire.Related: Jussie Smollett pops back up to receive even more bad newsSmollett’s trial has faced several delays, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in part due to a strange set of circumstances surrounding the case.Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx initially recused herself from.

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