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Will Jussie Smollett face federal mail fraud charges?
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett's alleged hate crime attack unraveled after police reportedly determined he "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career" by allegedly paying two brothers to stage the attack against him. He is now facing felony charges for allegedly orchestrating the "phony" hate crime attack.
Hate - Crimes - Aggressors
Here are other recent alleged hate crimes -- many of which initially were reported to have been carried out by pro-Trump aggressors -- that turned out to be completely fake.
Former Drake University student Kissie Ram, 19, pleaded guilty in January 2019 for lying about a racist note she originally claimed had been shoved under her dorm room door in Des Moines.
Des - Moines - Register - November - Students
The Des Moines Register reported in November that some students at Drake University reported notes slipped under their doors said: “We’ve decided that we no longer want [you] on our campus. Which means you need to leave or else.”
The note was slipped after the school was targeted with racist robo-calls demanding African-American students be expelled to Africa.
Investigation - Notes - Others - Copycats - Note
However, an investigation uncovered that only one of the notes was legitimate, and four others were copycats of the original note, the Des Moines Register reported in late November.
Last month, Ram pleaded guilty to making a false report to a public entity and was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $200, perform 50 hours of community service and spend a year on probation. She also was given a deferred judgment, which allows her convictions in the case to be removed from court records if she fulfills her probation terms.
University - Spokesperson - January - Ram - Notes
A university spokesperson said in January that Ram was suspected of writing two of the notes as part of her hoax and that they are still investigating who may have written the remaining two, including the first...
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