The Jussie Smollett case is on trial for the 2nd day; Chicago police officer testifies “Empire” actor staged his own attack – .

The Jussie Smollett case is on trial for the 2nd day; Chicago police officer testifies “Empire” actor staged his own attack – .

CHICAGO (WLS) – The prosecution’s first witness in Jussie Smollett’s trial was a Chicago police detective who was one of the lead investigators in the case, testifying that the “Empire” actor organized his own attack. Prosecutors have called Detective Michael Theis to the stand.
He said more than two dozen officers had worked on the case, devoting 3,000 working hours to the investigation while combing 1,500 hours of video footage.

Smollett was surrounded by his family when he entered his second day in court on Tuesday morning.

Jussie Smollett case: timeline of key moments leading up to the misconduct trialDespite the case against Smollett, his older brother said he believed the facts would find out he had done nothing wrong.

“We have confidence in his legal team and look forward to people hearing the real facts in this case,” said Jojo Smollett. “It was incredibly painful for his family to see someone you love being accused of something they didn’t do. “

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Special Prosecutor Dan Webb said Smollett orchestrated a racist and homophobic attack on himself, with the help of two men, in 2019.

But the defense says the attack was not wrong, that Smollett was injured in the incident, and that the other two men involved criminals.

Smollett’s trial began on Monday, nearly three years after the former “Empire” actor reported he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago.

Smollett told police he was returning home early in the morning in January 2019 when two men recognized him and began throwing racial and homophobic insults at him.

He said the men hit him, wrapped a noose around his neck and shouted “This is MAGA country”.

Weeks later, Smollett was accused of organizing the attack to advance his career and earn a higher salary. Police said he hired two brothers to pretend to attack him for $ 3,500.

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Twelve jurors and three substitutes were seated on Monday, made up of six men and six women, one of whom was black, as well as two substitutes.

The trial is expected to last around a week, and it’s unclear whether Smollett will take a stand in his own defense.

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Faces of Smollett six counts of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony carrying a sentence of up to three years in prison, but experts believe if Smollett were found guilty he would most likely be placed on probation.

He pleaded not guilty.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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