Jussie Smollett Sentenced to 150 Days in Jail, 30 Months Probation, and $120K Restitution

Actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty on 5 charges of disorderly conduct – one count for each time he lied to police following a racial hate hoax ‘attack’ in 2019. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail, starting today. In addition, Smollett was also sentenced to 30 months probation, was ordered to pay $120,126 restitution and to pay a $25,000 fine.

Jussie Smollett on Thursday showed up 10 minutes late to his sentencing hearing flanked by members of his family.

The judge denied Smollett a new trial after hearing his lawyers argue to have the jury’s verdict overturned.

The judge scolded Jussie Smollett for his narcissism and hypocrisy before sentencing him to 150 days in jail STARTING TODAY.

Smollett was also sentenced to 30 months probation, ordered to pay $120,126 restitution and a $25,000 fine.

Jussie Smollett stood up after the judge sentenced him and began shouting, “I am not suicidal! I am innocent!”

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Jewish Man Arrested For Scrawling Anti-Semitic Graffiti On Brooklyn Synagogues

Brooklyn: Emil Benjamin, a 39-year old Jewish man, faces hate-crime charges for allegedly scrawling anti-Semitic messages on four synagogues and burglarizing one of them. The vandalism is being investigated as a hate crime.

The suspect who allegedly vandalized four synagogues in Brooklyn with anti-Semitic graffiti over the weekend has been identified as 39-year-old Emil Benjamin, who is a Jewish man from Brooklyn.

From the New York Daily News:

“A Jewish Brooklyn man faces hate crime charges for allegedly scrawling messages on four synagogues, and burglarizing one of them, during an hour-long crime spree.

Emil Benjamin, 39, was charged Thursday with burglary and criminal mischief as a hate crime in connection with the early Saturday spree.

Benjamin told the Daily News in 2011, after he was stabbed on a Brooklyn subway platform, that he’s a Kavkazi Jew.”

One of the biggest stories of 2017, which was hyped by the ADL and the media, was a string of over 245 bomb threats called into Jewish Community Centers throughout America.

The threats were used to harangue President Trump for “emboldening anti-Semites” and legislation was passed to increase funding and security grants to Jewish groups.

It turned out nearly all of the JCC bomb threats were carried out by “18 year old” Israeli-American Michael Ron David Kadar, who was found to have a bitcoin wallet worth millions of shekels (a few copycat threats were called in by African-American Juan Thompson).

Kadar was found guilty in Israel in June 2018 for the bomb threats and sentenced to ten years in prison.

In 2019, evidence was dug up by geneticist Franklin Stahl, Ph.D., a member of the National Academy of Science, suggesting that Kadar’s Israeli mother, Dr. Tamar Kadar, who is a chemical weapons researcher at the Mossad-operated Israeli Institute for Biological Research, may have been the real culprit behind the calls.

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Wisconsin: Race Hoax? Prosecutors Say There Is No Evidence that White Men Lit Biracial Teen on Fire

Madison, Wisconsin: Althea Bernstein, 18, told police she was attacked by four white men: she claims she was driving through a protest around 1 a.m. on June 24, and was stopped at a red light when someone yelled a racial slur, and then one of the men sprayed her with lighter fluid through her open window and threw a flaming lighter at her, setting her neck and face on fire. Detectives were unable to find any surveillance video that shows the alleged attack taking place, but they did find footage indicating the woman was in Middleton, a suburb about 15 minutes from downtown Madison, just before 1 a.m. GPS data from her phone corroborates that as her location.

Traffic and surveillance camera footage shows Bernstein’s vehicle stopped only once and that no one was around the car. The footage also shows that her window was closed. It wasn’t until hours later that she sought medical treatment. There are no plans to file charges against Bernstein. She made an appearance on Good Morning America and received a phone call from Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, but the media is silent now that the case has been refuted.

There’s not enough evidence to prove that a group of white men set a young biracial woman on fire during a chaotic night of protests in Wisconsin’s capital city this summer, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Detectives were unable to find any surveillance video that shows the alleged attack taking place, but they did find footage indicating the woman wasn’t in the city at the time she says she was attacked, according to investigative reports.

Althea Bernstein, 18, told police she was attacked by four white men while driving through a protest in downtown Madison around 1 a.m. on June 24. Bernstein said she was stopped at a red light when she heard someone yell a racial slur and one of the men sprayed her with lighter fluid through her open window and threw a flaming lighter at her, setting her neck and face on fire.

She drove away, put out the flames, and was treated for burns at a hospital, she said.

A team of federal, state and local investigators probed the allegations as a possible hate crime. On Friday, the U.S. attorney’s office in Madison issued a statement saying the investigation was closed without charges filed.

The statement said investigators conducted extensive interviews as well as an exhaustive review of traffic and surveillance cameras as well as digital and forensic evidence, and couldn’t establish that the attack occurred.

Madison Acting Police Chief Vic Wahl issued his own statement, saying detectives were unable to “locate evidence consistent with what was reported.”

Bernstein’s family issued a three-sentence statement through the Madison Police Department saying they appreciate investigators’ work.

“Althea Bernstein and her family appreciate the detailed investigative efforts by all involved this case,” the statement said. “Althea’s injuries are healing and the support of our community has been invaluable in that regard. We continue to maintain our family privacy and will not be granting interviews at this time.”

The alleged assault came during a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the Capitol and an attack on a state senator. A group of up to 300 people protested the arrest of a Black man after he shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat.

According to investigative documents, Bernstein told the responding officer she is Hispanic and Black.

Someone also threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and attempted to break into the Capitol, only to be repelled by pepper spray from police stationed inside. The violence prompted Gov. Tony Evers to activate the National Guard to protect state properties.

Madison police on Friday released more than 150 pages of reports detailing the investigation. Traffic and surveillance camera footage shows Bernstein’s vehicle stopped only once and that no one was around the car. The footage also shows that her window was closed throughout and that she was traveling in the right lane, not the left as she told investigators.

None of the cameras picked up a group of four white men that matched Bernstein’s descriptions, the reports said.

But footage does show her in Middleton, a suburb about 15 minutes from downtown Madison, just before 1 a.m. GPS data from her phone corroborates that as her location, the reports said.

An arson dog found no trace of a lighter or other incendiary device in her car and investigators found the car wasn’t damaged. Tests did reveal a substance consistent with lighter fluid on her shirt, however, and her medical records indicate she was treated for burns hours after the attack allegedly happened.

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FBI Debunks Bubba Wallace NASCAR ‘Noose’ Claim

Talladega, Florida: NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace was assigned a new garage last week and claimed that a ‘noose’ was found hanging inside. But the rope, which turned out to be a loop on a garage door pull, had been there since October 2019, so the FBI determined that there were no federal laws were broken over racism. Bubba admitted the rope was not meant for him but was adamant that, somehow, the racist symbolism was significant. -GEG

The FBI says that the noose found in the team garage of Bubba Wallace, Nascar’s only black full-time driver, was not part of a hate crime.

“The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall,” Nascar said in a statement. “This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment.

“We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.”

The FBI said there will be no charges over the incident.

A crew member found the noose at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday and it was reported to Nascar. An investigation involving the justice department and FBI was launched on Monday, two weeks after Wallace had started a successful campaign to remove the Confederate flag from Nascar events. The removal was not welcomed by some fans who paraded the flag outside the Talladega track at the weekend.

In an appearance on CNN on Tuesday, Wallace said he had received backlash on social media after the FBI’s findings were released, despite the fact that he did not find or report the noose.

“I’m pissed. I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity,” he said.

He added, that having seen the rope, it looked like a noose. “It was a noose. Whether tied in 2019, or whatever, it was a noose,” he said. “So, it wasn’t directed at me, but somebody tied a noose.”

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Jussie Smollett Indicted By Special Prosecutor in Alleged Hate Hoax

Chicago: Special Prosecutor Dan Webb had indicted Jussie Smollett on six new counts of disorderly conduct and filing false police reports. This is related to the actor’s claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two white Trump supporters on January 29, 2019. Police say that two Nigerian brothers admitted that Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack. The State’s Attorney’s Office announced on March 8, 2019, that Smollett had been indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct. However, prosecutors dropped all charges two weeks later. The city of Chicago has since sued Smollett for the cost of overtime that the police department incurred while investigating the hoax. The actor counter-sued for malicious prosecution. Smollett is due to appear in court on Webb’s charges on February 24. -GEG

Chicago, IL – Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted by a special prosecutor on Tuesday afternoon.

WFLD reported that Special Prosecutor Dan Webb had indicted Smollett on charges related to the alleged racist and homophobic attack that the actor reported to police on Jan. 29, 2019.

The indictment happened just one month after a Cook County judge ordered Google to turn over copious amount of information from the accounts Smollett and his manager and five months after the special prosecutor began his investigation.

Smollett told police on Jan. 29 that he had been attacked by two white supporters of President Donald Trump on his way home from a Subway restaurant.

He claimed the men called him homophobic and anti-black slurs and told him “This is MAGA country” as they beat him up and put a noose around his neck. He also said they threw a chemical on him.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson explained at a press conference the day of Smollett’s arrest that that police considered the actor a victim up until Ola and Abel Osundairo returned from Nigeria to Chicago and were taken into police custody, and then the investigation “spun in a totally different direction.”

“We gave him the benefit of the doubt up until that 47th hour. But when we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off,” he explained.

He said the brothers told police that Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with another $500 after they returned from a planned trip to Nigeria.

“We have the check that he used to pay them,” Superintendent Johnson said.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced on March 8 that Smollett had been indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct.

But then on March 26, the State’s Attorney’s Office unceremoniously announced all charges against the “Empire” actor had been dropped.

The city of Chicago has since sued Smollett for the cost of the overtime the police department incurred while investigating the hoax and the actor has counter-sued for malicious prosecution.

But despite that legal wrangling over dollars and cents, Smollett is not yet in the clear on the criminal charges he initially faced.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin in June of 2019 appointed a special counsel to investigate what actually happened after information about Smollett hiding evidence and the involvement of Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff, Tina Tchen, in the case.

Toomin said that Foxx was right to recuse herself from Smollett’s trial after she asked Commissioner Johnson to turn over the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after talking to Tchen, but that she did not have the authority to appoint her second-in-command to the prosecution in her stead, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Sean Samitt Told Police He Was Stabbed for Being Jewish, But His Apple Watch Caught Him in a Lie. He Later Admitted His Wound Was Self-Inflicted

Bloomfield, Michigan: Sean Samitt, 26, told police he was in the parking lot where he worked as a cantor at a synagogue when he was attacked and stabbed in the abdomen by a man who blamed Jews for mass immigration. Suspecting Samitt’s wounds were self-inflicted, officers obtained surveillance footage and confirmed that no assault took place. Police said Samitt finally admitted to making up the attack and said he lost consciousness and accidentally stabbed himself while he was washing dishes at the synagogue. The second story also was fabricated. Officers were able to obtain information from Samitt’s cellphone health application that was synced to his Apple Watch, confirming he did not lose consciousness. Samitt then admitted to intentionally stabbing himself. He has been charged with falsely reporting a felony, which carries a potential sentence of four years. -GEG

A 26-year-old man faked his own stabbing at the West Bloomfield synagogue where he worked and then reported he was attacked because of his Jewish faith, authorities say.

Now Sean Samitt is facing a felony charge of filing a false police report, according to West Bloomfield Police.

Police said Samitt’s Apple Watch helped them solve the case.

Samitt was arrested on Dec. 20 and arraigned the same day before Magistrate Julie Nelson-Klein at the 48th District Court in Oakland Country on one count of falsely reporting a felony, a crime punishable up to four years. According to authorities, his $7,500 bond was posted by Samitt’s mother.

On Thursday, he appeared at the 48th District Court for a probable cause hearing. He is expected to appear for the preliminary examination on Jan. 14.

Samit reported he was attacked and stabbed in the abdomen by an unknown man in the parking lot at the Temple Kol Ami, where he worked as a cantorial soloist, which is a music director.

He reported the crime on Dec. 15, telling police that he was confronted about 7 p.m. as he was leaving work by a white male in his late 30s to early 40s.

Samitt said that the alleged attacker shouted, “You Jews!” and said “too many immigrants are here,” according to the police report obtained by the Free Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Samitt told officers that he was punched in the chest and abdomen during the encounter and he feared for his life, the report said. He said he escaped by kneeing the attacker in the groin and pushing him away, then drove himself to Henry Ford Hospital where a security staff called local authorities about the attack.

Police said officers searched the parking lot for a weapon, blood or any other piece of evidence but came back negative. K-9 officers were not able to locate a scent on the suspect.

While searching Temple Kol Ami, detectives found bloody tissues in Samitt’s office and the men’s bathroom. They also located a knife in the kitchen area with blood on the tip of the blade.

Suspecting Samitt’s wounds were self-inflicted, officers obtained surveillance footage from a house across the street and confirmed that no assault took place.

Police said Samitt admitted to making up the attack and said he lost consciousness and accidentally stabbed himself while he was washing dishes at the synagogue. He said he lied about the incident because he was being harassed at work about his medical condition.

The second story also turned out to be fabricated, police said.

Officers were able to obtain information from Samitt’s cellphone health application that was synced to his Apple Watch, confirming he did not lose consciousness. Samitt then admitted to intentionally stabbing himself.

 “I put the knife in to see like just how deep it went because I wasn’t really sure then in the process I probably dug it in a little more.”

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Fake Hate: Jewish Family Staged Anti-Semitic Attack Against Themselves, Vandalized Own Business

Winnipeg, Canada: The three owners of the BerMax kosher cafe were arrested after calling the police and claiming that the female owner was assaulted and that the business was spray-painted with hate-related graffiti by attackers. Police believe that the report of the robbery was staged and that the property damage was also falsely reported as being done by outside suspects. -GEG

The Jewish owners of a kosher cafe in Winnipeg have been charged by police for staging a violent attack against themselves and spray-painting their own business with antisemitic graffiti.

Their cafe was the target of repeated antisemitic vandalism the past few months.

From The Canadian Press:

What looked like an anti-Semitic attack at a Winnipeg cafe
that drew public concern and political condemnation was not a hate crime
but an alleged sham staged by owners of the business, police said

Officers responded last Thursday to a report that a woman who worked at
the BerMax Caffe and Bistro was assaulted and that the business was
vandalized and spray-painted with hate-related graffiti. It was the
night before Passover.

After a lengthy investigation involving 25 officers and 1,000 hours of
investigative work, police said they charged the three owners of the
cafe — including the woman who was reportedly assaulted — with public

Police announced on Facebook they arrested BerMax Caffe and Bistro owners Alexander Berent, 56, Oxana Berent, 48 and Maxim Berent, 29.

These individuals are all owners of the café. They are each
charged with one count of Public Mischief and released. Public Mischief
(CCC 140 (1)) occurs when an individual, with intent to mislead, causes a
peace officer to enter on or continue an investigation based on a false
statement or causing another person to be suspected of having committed
an offence to divert suspicion from themselves.

Investigators believe that the initial report of a robbery was staged.
Further, the anti-semitic graffiti and vandalism were also falsely
reported as being done by outside suspects.

“The restaurant
was founded in 2015 by the Berent family – Jewish-Ukrainian immigrants
who came to Canada in 2005 by way of Israel – and was operated by Oxana
Berent and her son, Maxim,” CJN reports.

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Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Charges

Illinois: A grand jury indicted actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony charges and he faces a sentence of up to 3 years in prison for each individual charge that is based on each alleged falsehood Smollett relayed to police officers and detectives. Smollett, who is gay and black, told police he was attacked at 2:00 am on January 29 by two white men, who poured bleach on him, wrapped a noose around his neck, assaulted him, and spewed racist and homophobic slurs. Authorities claim the two attackers, who are black, have confessed to their role in the hoax after Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the incident. Smollett may also face federal charges for mail fraud on allegations that he mailed a hate speech letter to himself that contained a white powder that was later found to be harmless. If it can be proved he deliberately used the mail to commit a fraudulent act, he faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the New York Times, Jussie Smollett comes from an activist family and grew up in San Francisco in the orbit of the Black Panthers.

Link for NY Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/arts/television/the-smollett-family-business-acting-and-activism.html

From the Washington Times:

A federal mail fraud charge that could mean up to 20 years in prison is the shoe left to drop in the Jussie Smollett scandal.

On Friday, the State of Illinois hit suspended Empire star Smollett with 16 class 4 felony counts
of disorderly conduct pertaining to allegations he filed a false police
report after conspiring to orchestrate a hate crime hoax against
himself for publicity purposes.

The 16 counts are based on each alleged falsehood Smollett relayed to the police officers who initially responded to his call and the detectives assigned later.

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‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Orchestrated Attack, Source Says. Police Raid ‘Persons of Interest’ Home.

Evidence that actor Jussie Smollett staged an attack against himself, and blamed white male Trump supporters, may be growing as Chicago police raided the home of two black Nigerian brothers who had appeared on the ‘Empire’ TV series and know Smollett. Police collected bleach, shoes, electronics, receipts and other items from their home.  Although Smollett gave police a limited and redacted list of his phone records, police reportedly had already obtained Smollett’s complete phone records from a tower data dump given by the phone provider.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Investigators believe Jussie Smollett and the non-cooperating witnesses in last month’s alleged attack of the Empire actor “potentially staged the attack,” a source with intimate knowledge of the investigation tells CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards.

Chicago police raided the home of two “persons of interest” Wednesday night, a relative of those men says.

Police took bleach, shoes, electronics, receipts and other items from the home.

The men, who are both of Nigerian descent, have appeared as extras on
the show and their attorney, Gloria Schmidt, says they do both know

“They do know Jussie,” she said. “They have worked with him on Empire.
My preliminary investigations show that on set it’s very tight. They’re
all very cordial with each other, so they’re baffled why they are
people of interest.”

The relative who was home Wednesday night says she heard a loud
banging at the door, and that door came crashing down. She says a flood
of officers were there saying they had a search warrant.

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Additional source: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/02/breaking-jussie-smollett-staged-attack-because-his-character-was-being-written-out-of-show-empire/

Woman Falsely Accused Teen-age Trump Supporters of Slashing Her Tires and Insulting Her Because of Her Race. She Made Up the Whole Story.

New York: Police charged Adwoa Lewis, with falsely accusing four Trump-supporting teenagers of slashing her tires and leaving her a note that told her to “go home.” Police said that Lewis later admitted she wrote the note herself and placed it on her car. -GEG

Authorities have arrested and charged a woman in Long Island for making up a story about a Trump-related hate crime, police said.

Adwoa Lewis, 19, told detectives Friday four teenagers confronted her as she was driving home on September 2, yelling “Trump 2016!” before stating that she did not belong here.

Lewis also claimed that she parked her vehicle in front of her house, then woke up the next morning to find her car’s tires slashed and a note with the words, “Go home,” police said.

But when authorities investigated the alleged incident, police found that Lewis fabricated the tale and the incident never took place.

Lewis later admitted to officers she placed the hand-written note on her car, police said.

Authorities charged Lewis with one count of making a false punishable written statement before releasing her on an appearance ticket.

Authorities have received many reports of alleged “hate-crimes” in connection with the 2016 presidential election.

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“I Did Write It”: Waiter Admits Faking Viral Racist Note on Receipt

Odessa, Texas: Khalil Cavil, 20, a server at Saltgrass Steakhouse, claimed that customers with a bill of more than $108 refused to leave him a tip and wrote on the receipt, “We don’t tip terrorists.”  Several days later, Cavil admitted he wrote the note and that it was a hoax, but gave no reason for his actions.

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This website catalogs ‘hate’ crime hoaxes:  http://www.fakehatecrimes.org/

Another Hoax: Black Student Wrote Racist Messages at Air Force Academy

A black cadet at the Air Force Academy was discharged after it was learned that he pretended to be a victim of racial slurs but actually had written them himself. The Academy did not identify the student. -GEG

This all getting too repetitive at this point. Once again a high profile “hate crime” involving racist graffiti swept the nation a little over a month ago, creating tremendous excitement in the mainstream media. We’re referring to the horrible incident at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, where five black cadet candidates found racist messages sprayed on message boards outside their dormitory rooms. That kicked off a lengthy investigation and warnings from the school’s administration about the need for diversity and all the usual messaging. This served as additional fodder for the SJW crowd, providing proof of what a horrible, racist nation America has become under Trump.

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Now, at long last, the mystery has been solved and the hateful racist is being identified. Unfortunately, the perpetrator turned out to be one of the black cadets who was “targeted.” (Washington Post)

But on Tuesday, the school made a jolting announcement. The person responsible for the racist messages, the academy said, was, in fact, one of the cadet candidates who reported being targeted by them.

“The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation,” academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said in a statement to the Associated Press, adding: “Racism has no place at the academy, in any shape or form.”

The cadet candidate accused of crafting the messages was not identified, but the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the individual is no longer enrolled at the school. Sources also told the Gazette the cadet candidate “committed the act in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school for other misconduct,” the newspaper reported.

It’s great that the academy is still reinforcing the message that racism has no place at the academy because that’s absolutely true. But it might have been helpful for them to note that this wasn’t racism. I don’t know how much credence we should give to the former student’s explanation. It’s being claimed that he was attempting to divert attention from other disciplinary action he was facing over performance issues. Perhaps that’s the case in this one instance, but most of the time it isn’t.

It seems obvious that most of these hoaxes, particularly on college campuses, are designed to perpetuate the image of rampant racism. If you can’t find any actual racism to highlight I suppose you have to cook up some on your own.

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