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Beyonce's mom Tina Knowles-Lawson called for leniency for Jussie Smollett when he is sentenced for lying to police about a hate crime hoax.

Smollett was convicted of 5 felony counts of disorderly conduct on December 9. He faces up to 15 years in prison. He could also be sentenced to probation.

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Knowles-Lawson hopes the disgraced actor receives the lesser punishment. She compared Smollett to Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager who was acquitted last month of killing two white Antifa activists in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
 
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Knowles-Lawson took to Instagram to share a screenshot of a CNN article, titled, "What Jussie Smollett's guilty verdicts tell us."

The CNN opinion piece compared Smollett to Amy Cooper, a white woman who called police to report she was being threatened by a Black man in Central Park last year. Cooper was dragged on social media and lost her job. She eventually apologized to the man who was simply bird watching in the park.

Knowles-Lawson captioned the post:

"The article goes on to say both were wrong but Jussie faces possible prison time and Amy Cooper The woman who called the police and lied about the black man that was Bird watching in Central Park was trying to attack her. Leading to the potential arrest of the man where in the history of black men In Custody could have led to his death !! Amy Cooper got off with public service."

Knowles-Lawson called for Smollett to receive "the same compassion" shown to Rittenhouse and Cooper.

"We will see the outcome of this for this Black man. Will he get the same compassion as Amy Cooper? I am not condoning what Mr Smollet was found guilty of . I am just asking will he get the same compassion and understanding of knowingly lying to police. Kyle Rittenhouse walked free after killing two people because the jury had compassion ?[sic]."

 

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Atlanta police say a man pretended to be same-sex oriented in order to gain the trust of a lesbian before raping her.

36-year-old Taurence Callagain met the unidentified woman at a MARTA commuter train station in Atlanta's West End in 2015, and the two struck up a conversation before exchanging numbers.

Police say Callagain pretended to be same-sex oriented to gain the woman's trust after she confided she was a lesbian.

According to a statement from the Fulton County District Attorney's office, "The victim is a lesbian and has a female partner who she was is in a relationship with when she met the defendant."

The statement continues: "Callagain led the victim to believe he was gay, so she was under the impression that their relationship was strictly platonic."

Weeks later, after the victim missed the last MARTA bus of the night, Callagain offered to give drive her home, according to the DA's office.

After stopping at his home to pick up marijuana, Callagain lured the victim inside the house to smoke weed.

The woman followed the man to his bedroom "when he began to strangle her and proceeded to violently rape her," according to the DA's office.

"During the rape, Callagain told the victim if she fought or screamed, 'I will get my boys to come in and hold you down.'"

After the rape, the victim fled the home and ran 3 miles in the middle of the night to her home. She later went to a hospital to seek treatment and called police.

Callagain, who is facing a separate aggravated assault case in Fulton County, claimed at his trial that the encounter was consensual.

He was convicted of rape on Tuesday. A sentencing hearing date has not been set.

In Georgia, punishment for a rape conviction can range from 25 years in prison to the death penalty.

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Harvey Weinstein was convicted on lesser charges in his sex assault trial in a New York courtroom on Monday, Feb. 24.

The jury convicted the disgraced movie producer on charges stemming from a 2006 sex assault and a 2013 rape. He skated on the more serious charge of predatory assault, that could have resulted in a life sentence.

Weinstein, 67, was the catalyst for the #Metoo movement after accusations of sexual misconduct and rape derailed his Hollywood career and destroyed his marriage.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for five days before reaching a split verdict.

On Friday, the jury passed a note to the judge saying they were hung on 2 of the 5 charges. But the judge sent them back to continue deliberations.

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Justice has been served in the case of a sick woman who encouraged her teenage boyfriend to kill himself via phone calls and text messages in 2014.

On Friday, a Massachusetts judge convicted Michelle Carter, 20, of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging then-boyfriend Conrad Roy to take his own life.

Carter, who pleaded not guilty, waived a jury trial and took her chances with a bench trial.

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