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Actor Jussie Smollett may be heading back to jail after losing his appeal Friday on his previous conviction of staging a hate crime against himself in 2019.
TMZ reported an Illinois appeals court upheld the decision with a three-judge panel voting 2-1.
Even with the Friday ruling, Smollett’s team plans to continue to fight the conviction.
A representative told the outlet, “We wish to highlight that the decision was divided, with Justice Lyle offering a detailed analysis in favor of Smollett.”
His team believes they have a case as Justice Freddrenna Lyle was the lone judge who voted to throw out the conviction, according to The Associated Press.
Smollett’s multi-year legal case began in January 2019 when he claimed he was the victim of a hate crime, as two masked men allegedly attacked him and yelled racial and anti-gay slurs in Chicago.
His accusations soon began to unravel, and it was revealed Smollett orchestrated the hoax.
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