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Jury begins deliberations in trial of actor Jussie Smollett

The jury in Jussie Smollett's trial started deliberating Wednesday, after a prosecutor said there is 'overwhelming evidence' that the former 'Empire' actor lied to police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack and his defense attorney said the charges are based on lies.

Actor Jussie Smollett walks with family members as they arrive Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for jury selection at his trial in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)