hewontgo (hewontgo) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Jussie Smollett Faces Prison, Career Ruin if He Lied About Attack

He is facing prison time and the implosion of his career if it turns out he lied about being the target of a hate crime, legal and public relations experts say :

• If he falsified a police report, the charge is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, and carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison. 
• He could also be ordered to pay restitution to compensate for the cost of the CPD investigation.
• Should that letter turn out to be fake, federal prosecutors could also pursue a mail fraud charge.
• He could get probation, assuming that he has a clean record. Prosecutors may face pressure not to be lenient.
• Prosecutors could also file a charge of obstruction of justice. 
• He would be allowed to plead to a misdemeanor, and not serve jail time.
• His lawyers may be having a psychiatrist examine the guy so they could prepare some kind of psychiatric defense.
• He may see endorsement opportunities and roles dry up if he is found to have been untruthful. 
• He will need to demonstrate that he’s learned a lesson.
• Apologize to the people who have supported him, promise to make it up, and find a cause that’s near and dear to his heart and devote himself to it.
• If he did fabricate the attack, he needs to be more proactive.
• He needs to go see the police. He needs to apologize.
• He needs to make the announcement about what happened instead of letting the facts leak out.

Tags: black celebrities, empire (fox), legal / lawsuit

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