Lawyer: Smollett 'real victim' of attack

By Don Babwin and Sara Burnett
Updated November 30 2021 - 1:28am, first published 1:23am
Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with felony disorderly conduct.

Jussie Smollett "is a real victim" of a "real crime", his lawyer has told the start of the ex-Empire actor's trial, rejecting prosecutors' allegation he staged a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago after the television studio where he worked did not take hate mail he had received seriously.