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Jussie Smollett Trial on Hate Crime Hoax Charges Gets Underway

Gene Maddaus Senior Media WriterJury selection is underway in a Chicago courtroom in the case of Jussie Smollett, who is accused of faking a hate crime against himself nearly three years ago.Smollett, onetime star of “Empire,” faces six counts of “disorderly conduct” for allegedly filing a false police report about the attack. Smollett, who is Black and gay, has maintained that he was assaulted on Jan.

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Gene Maddaus Senior Media WriterJury selection is underway in a Chicago courtroom in the case of Jussie Smollett, who is accused of faking a hate crime against himself nearly three years ago.Smollett, onetime star of “Empire,” faces six counts of “disorderly conduct” for allegedly filing a false police report about the attack. Smollett, who is Black and gay, has maintained that he was assaulted on Jan.
Gene Maddaus Senior Media WriterA producer on “Rust” is backing another independent film, “Sam & Kate,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek, which is set to begin production early next year.Ryan Smith is helping to finance the film, which is set to shoot in Thomasville, Ga., starting in mid-February.

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