Jussie Smollett

From Alec Baldwin to Jussie Smollett: 7 Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2021

Stars including Jussie Smollett, Alec Baldwin, Chrissy Teigen, and rapper Travis Scott face professional shame in ways that could permanently damage their careers. Of course, redemption is in the cards for any star who can parlay wokeness into a rehabilitation tale spun by a compliant entertainment media.

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Timeline of Events Since Jussie Smollett Reported Attack

CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett was convicted Thursday on charges that he lied to Chicago police when the former “Empire” actor and R&B singer reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack nearly three years ago. Some key moments in the story:

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 08: Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building as the jury begins deliberation during his trial on December 8, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported that two masked men physically attacked him, yelling racist …

Jussie Smollett Trial: Jury Reaches Verdict

CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors in Jussie Smollett’s trial resumed deliberations Thursday on charges the former “Empire” actor orchestrated a fake attack on himself, then lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist hate crime.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 01: Actor/singer Jussie Smollett performs onstage during the 20th Anniversary Taste for a Cure fundraiser benefitting UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Jonsson Cancer Center …

Jussie Smollett Trial: Jury Has Begun Deliberations

The jury in Jussie Smollett’s trial started deliberating Wednesday, after a prosecutor said there is “overwhelming evidence” that the former “Empire” actor lied to police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack and his defense attorney said the charges are based on lies.

JUNE 06: Actor Jussie Smollett speaks onstage during the Global Green USA 19th Annual Millennium Awards on June 6, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for GLOBAL GREEN USA)