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Prosecutor: ‘Overwhelming’ Evidence Smollett Faked Attack

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Actor Jussie Smollett arrives Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, with his mother Janet at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for day five of his trial in Chicago. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago nearly three years ago, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(AP) — A prosecutor in the case against Jussie Smollett says the former “Empire” actor lied to jurors about staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in downtown Chicago. Prosecutor Dan Webb told jurors there’s “overwhelming” evidence Smollett faked the January 2019 attack. Smollett is charged with lying to police about the alleged hate crime. An attorney for Smollett is expected to give a closing argument later Wednesday. The jury is then expected to deliberate whether Smollett is guilty on six counts of a low-level felony for lying to Chicago police. On the stand, Smollett has repeatedly denied the attack was a fake, telling a prosecutor “there was no hoax on my part” and that two brothers who testified against him are “liars.”

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