The verdict is in for Jussie Smollett‘s criminal trial.
On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Cook County Circuit Court announced a jury found the former Empire actor guilty on five of the six counts of disorderly conduct for making false police reports. The five charges come after he told investigators in January 2019 that he was the victim of an alleged hate crime and battery.
He was found not guilty on the sixth count, which accused him of making a false police report that he was a victim of an aggravated battery.
Nenye Uche, an attorney for Smollett, told reporters outside of the courthouse following the verdict his team “respectfully disagree” with the jury’s conclusion.
“The verdict is inconsistent. You cannot say Jussie is lying and Jussie is not lying for the same exact incident. So, we feel 100 percent confident that this case will be won on appeal,” Uche said. “Unfortunately, that’s not a route we wanted but sometimes that’s a route you have to take to win—especially a case where we remain 100 percent confident in our client’s innocence.”