Jussie Smollett’s lawyer stated on Thursday, Dec. 9 that Smollett is “100 percent confident” that the appeals court would free him of allegations that he faked a hate crime.
Smollett was earlier convicted by a jury in a Chicago criminal court. He was found guilty of fabricating false police reports on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct.
“We feel 100 percent confident that this case will be won on appeal,” claimed the lead defense attorney Nenye Uche.
Uche maintained that Smollett’s conviction was erroneous because he was not found guilty of only one of the six charges leveled against him, which came from allegations that he lied to police during the second interview in February.
The other allegations against him were related to lies he told during his initial police questioning on the day of the incident.
“Jussie was not accused of doing two different things and he was accused of doing one thing, and charged multiple times for the same incident, a jury cannot come out and say guilty of lying, but not guilty of lying,” Uche stated according to the New York Post.
The attorney claims that the way the case was investigated in the first place may have affected the results.
“From the first day of this case, his case has been prejudged, his case has been tried in the media, and it’s unfortunate, this is the United States of America,” said Uche.
Smollett, 39, is accused of having staged two Trump supporters to attack him on Jan.29, 2019.
The former “Empire” star negotiated a pact with Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, siblings, to garner attention amid escalating racial tensions in the U.S.
Smollett, a black man openly gay, said that he was victim of a hate crime.
Prosecutors said Smollett paid Osundairos $3,500 for the attack and meticulously plotted every detail.