Crime Stories with Nancy Grace: ‘EMPIRE’ Star Fakes Hate Crime on Self? Jussie Smollett on Cross Exam Now

Actor Jussie Smollett spends more than six hours on the stand during his first day testifying in his Chicago trial on charges that he faked a hate crime attack on himself. Today, again, 39-year-old Smollett faces prosecutors who say the “Empire” actor was the mastermind of an orchestrated attack.

Smollett claimed he was attacked by two men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him. They also left a noose around his neck. Two brothers who worked as extras on “Empire” later came forward and said Smollett had paid them to “attack” him.

Joining Nancy Grace Today:

Prof. Brian Levin – Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, California State University (San Bernardino), Co-author: “The Limits of Dissent”,, Twitter: @proflevin
Wendy Patrick– California Prosecutor; author of “Red Flags,” & Host of “The Answer” on KCBQ Radio
Dr. Angela Arnold – Psychiatrist, Atlanta GA. Expert in the Treatment of Pregnant/Postpartum Women, Former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology: Emory University, Former Medical Director of The Psychiatric Ob-Gyn Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital
Joe Scott Morgan
JoScott Morgan – Professor of Forensics: Jacksonville State University; Author, “Blood Beneath My Feet;” Host: “Body Bags with Joseph Scott Morgan
Alexis Tereszcuk – CrimeOnline Investigative Reporter, Writer/Fact Checker at Lead Stories dot Com; Twitter: @swimmie2009

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[Feature Photo: Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Monday Feb. 24, 2020, after an initial court appearance on a new set of charges alleging that he lied to police about being targeted in a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago early last year. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)