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Inside the trial of actor Jussie Smollett

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial for six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to police, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. December 8, 2021.  REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial for six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to police, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. December 8, 2021.  REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial for six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to police, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. December 8, 2021.  REUTERS/Jim Vondruska
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021.  REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021.  REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021.  REUTERS/Jim Vondruska
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial in Chicago, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska
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Special prosecutor Dan Webb arrives at court ahead of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett first full day of trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Special prosecutor Dan Webb arrives at court ahead of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett first full day of trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Special prosecutor Dan Webb arrives at court ahead of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett first full day of trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Jojo Smollett, brother of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, reads a short statement ahead of Jussie's first full day of trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Jojo Smollett, brother of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, reads a short statement ahead of Jussie's first full day of trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Jojo Smollett, brother of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, reads a short statement ahead of Jussie's first full day of trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Jojo Smollett, brother of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, reads a short statement ahead of Jussie's first full day of trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Jojo Smollett, brother of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, reads a short statement ahead of Jussie's first full day of trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Jojo Smollett, brother of former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, reads a short statement ahead of Jussie's first full day of trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives with family members at court on the first full day of his trial for six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to police, in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives with family members at court on the first full day of his trial for six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to police, in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil...more

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives with family members at court on the first full day of his trial for six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to police, in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court on the first full day of his trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court on the first full day of his trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court on the first full day of his trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives with his mother Janet Smollett at court on the first full day of his trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives with his mother Janet Smollett at court on the first full day of his trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives with his mother Janet Smollett at court on the first full day of his trial in Chicago, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo arrive at court for a hearing for actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo arrive at court for a hearing for actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo arrive at court for a hearing for actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for a hearing in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for a hearing in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for a hearing in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo arrive at court for a hearing for actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago,  July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo arrive at court for a hearing for actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo arrive at court for a hearing for actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for a hearing in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for a hearing in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for a hearing in Chicago, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett appears in a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his arraignment, in Chicago,  February 24, 2020.  Brian Cassella/Pool

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett appears in a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his arraignment, in Chicago, February 24, 2020.  Brian Cassella/Pool

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett appears in a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his arraignment, in Chicago, February 24, 2020.  Brian Cassella/Pool
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after his arraignment on renewed felony charges in Chicago, February 24, 2020.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after his arraignment on renewed felony charges in Chicago, February 24, 2020.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after his arraignment on renewed felony charges in Chicago, February 24, 2020.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for his arraignment on renewed felony charges in Chicago,February 24, 2020.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for his arraignment on renewed felony charges in Chicago,February 24, 2020.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for his arraignment on renewed felony charges in Chicago,February 24, 2020.  REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb takes the oath of special prosecutor during a status hearing concerning actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago, August 23, 2019. Antonio Perez/Pool

Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb takes the oath of special prosecutor during a status hearing concerning actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago, August 23, 2019. Antonio Perez/Pool

Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb takes the oath of special prosecutor during a status hearing concerning actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago, August 23, 2019. Antonio Perez/Pool
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Fraternal Order of Police supporters protest the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Fraternal Order of Police supporters protest the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Fraternal Order of Police supporters protest the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott
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Fraternal Order of Police supporters protest the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Fraternal Order of Police supporters protest the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Fraternal Order of Police supporters protest the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott
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Chicago police officers stand in front of a counter protester as Fraternal Order of Police supporters protest the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Chicago police officers stand in front of a counter protester as Fraternal Order of Police supporters protest the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Chicago police officers stand in front of a counter protester as Fraternal Order of Police supporters protest the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott
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Chicago police officers stand in front of Fraternal Order of Police supporters protesting the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Chicago police officers stand in front of Fraternal Order of Police supporters protesting the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Chicago police officers stand in front of Fraternal Order of Police supporters protesting the handling of the Jussie Smollett case by the State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago, April 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott
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Actor Jussie Smollett poses for a picture with a fan as he leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett poses for a picture with a fan as he leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett poses for a picture with a fan as he leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Actor Jussie Smollett appears at a hearing for judge assignment with his attorney Tina Glandian (L), at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, March 14, 2019.    E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/Pool

Actor Jussie Smollett appears at a hearing for judge assignment with his attorney Tina Glandian (L), at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, March 14, 2019.    E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/Pool

Actor Jussie Smollett appears at a hearing for judge assignment with his attorney Tina Glandian (L), at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, March 14, 2019.    E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/Pool
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Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Court Building after his hearing in Chicago, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Court Building after his hearing in Chicago, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Court Building after his hearing in Chicago, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks about the Jussie Smollett case at a news conference at Chicago Police headquarters in Chicago, February 21, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks about the Jussie Smollett case at a news conference at Chicago Police headquarters in Chicago, February 21, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks about the Jussie Smollett case at a news conference at Chicago Police headquarters in Chicago, February 21, 2019.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott
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Actor Jussie Smollett, 36, appears in a booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department in Chicago,  February 21, 2019.  Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout

Actor Jussie Smollett, 36, appears in a booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department in Chicago, February 21, 2019.  Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout

Actor Jussie Smollett, 36, appears in a booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department in Chicago, February 21, 2019.  Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout
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