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Jussie Smollett Trial Begins: Ex-‘Empire’ Star Is “The Real Victim,” Defense Tells Jury; Prosecutor Slams “Fake Hate Crime”

The opening day of former Empire star Jussie Smollett’s felony trial in Chicago was long and painted two very different portraits of what actually went down in January 2019. Citing a “tremendous rush to judgment” over the seeming unraveling of Smollett’s version of the early winter morning racial and politically motivated attack on the Windy […]

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