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For nearly 2 months, news organizations reported that a $3,500 check made out to two Chicago brothers by Jussie Smollett was payment for a hoax hate crime attack. But now the brothers confirm the check was in fact for a training program.

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Jussie Smollett is facing serious prison time after a Chicago grand jury returned a 16 count indictment against the disgraced actor for filing a false report of a hate crime and making other false statements to police.

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Homophobic tweets apparently made by 2 Nigerian brothers may be used in Jussie Smollett's defense, according to The Blast. The old tweets were uncovered on a Twitter account used by Abel and Ola Osundairo. Smollett's defense team tells The Blast the statements show the brothers had anti-homosexual sentiments.

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Actor Jussie Smollett may have got the idea for his hoax homophobic attack from an emotional Instagram post by Lee Daniels. The Empire director wrote a heartfelt Instagram post on Jan. 10, after his cousin was assaulted because of his homosexuality.

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Jussie Smollett will soon be a free man. A Cook County (Chicago) judge set the actor's bond at $100,000 at a bond hearing on Thursday. The Empire star was arrested early Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony in Illinois.

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