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Odds Say Jussie Smollett Will Be Charged with Filing False Police Report, Won’t Be Convicted

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by JJ De La Torre in Entertainment

Feb 20, 2019 · 11:43 AM PST

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Jussie Smollett, known for his role as Jamal Lyon on the television series Empire, performs at Yokota Air Base. Photo by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Delano Scott (Released)
  • Empire star Jussie Smollett is in the news again, weeks after his initial report about being a hate crime victim
  • A new turn of events suggests Smollett may have orchestrated the entire attack
  • Smollett’s role on Empire and the potential of jail time are now in question due to the probability he filed a false police report

Was it a hate crime or a hoax?

Only weeks ago, everyone in Hollywood and on every social media platform was reeling from the sudden, shocking news that television star Jussie Smollett had been the victim of a devastating hate crime.

Celebrities tweeted their support in solidarity. The national public was horrified at the news, and people were talking about hate crimes as an overarching theme. Now, the story evolves.

Speculation has uncovered that Smollett was seen coercing in an elevator in his building with his alleged attackers earlier on the day of his attack, and the attackers have said they were paid to carry it out.

Of course, this changes everything.

Odds Jussie Smollett Will Be Fired from Empire in 2019

Will Jussie Smollett Be Fired from Empire in 2019? Odds
Yes +140
No -200

*Odds taken on 02/19/19

Like so many other stars who have been let go of their respective films, television shows, or album deals after making dodgy life choices, Smollett is the latest to sit in this nerve wracking chair.

Producers will be pressured to kick Smollett off the production if he’s found to have orchestrated the attack. But it may compromise the show.

Pick: No (-200)

Odds Jussie Smollett Will Be Charged with Filing a False Police Report

Will Jussie Smollett Be Charged with Filing a False Police Report? Odds
Yes -200
No +140

Smollett’s move to write a police report about his attack helped solidify his case and earned him a lot of sympathy. Now that his story is being questioned, many are wondering what will happen if the report was a fake.

Speculation suggests that Smollett will at least be charged, given that the evidence is weighing heavily against him. The court of public opinion is standing its ground against him.

Pick: Yes (-200)

Odds Jussie Smollett Will Be Convicted of Filing a False Police Report

Will Jussie Smollett Be Convicted of Filing a False Police Report? Odds
Yes +350
No -700

Smollett’s story is beginning to resemble one of the dramatic storylines found on his television show, Empire. But can this real life case take him all the way behind bars?

Smollett’s story is beginning to resemble one of the dramatic storylines found on his television show, Empire

Even if this story does prove Smollett to be in the wrong, he probably won’t go to the slammer. This is, after all, a celebrity we’re talking about.

Pick: No (-700)

Odds Jussie Smollett Will Enter Rehab in 2019

Will Jussie Smollett Enter Rehab in 2019? Odds
Yes -140
No +100

Some are speculating there are bigger issues at play here, and that the star will enter rehab as a way to deal with some demons. But given that he’s standing by his original claims, it’s doubtful.

Pick: No (+100)

Odds President Trump Will Tweet About Jussie Smollett

Will President Trump Tweet About Jussie Smollett? Odds
Yes -140
No +100

One of Smollett’s claims about his attack was that his attackers had said to him “This is MAGA country”, referencing President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. Naturally, Smollett’s insistence of his claims was incriminating toward the President.

Smollett’s insistence of his claims was incriminating toward the President.

Now that these claims are under fire, the public is waiting for the President to weigh in on the story. It wouldn’t be the first time Trump has tweeted about celebrities.

Pick: Yes (-140)

Odds Kamala Harris Will Retract Her Statement of Support of Jussie Smollett

Will Kamala Harris Will Retract Her Statement of Support of Jussie Smollett? Odds
Yes +175
No -250

After many tweeted support for Smollett, if his claims are proved false, we will have many celebrities and luminaries with egg on their face. But will they retract their original statements?

California Senator Kamala Harris responded to the attack asking the public to confront hate, writing that Smollett is “one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know” and that the attack “was an attempted modern day lynching.”

But now both she and Maxine Waters, the House Financial Services Committee Chair, are being asked if they’ll be retracting their original support.

Pick: No (-250)

Odds Maxine Walters Will Retract Her Statement of Support of Jussie Smollett

Will Maxine Walters Retract Her Statement of Support of Jussie Smollett? Odds
Yes +140
No -200

It’s far more likely for both politicians to move on with their lives than to get caught up in ongoing celebrity affairs, particularly if there’s chance of embarrassment.

Pick: No (-200)

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