fake hate crimes: a database of hate crime hoaxes in the usa

The purpose of this site is to compile a comprehensive database of the false reports of "hate crimes" committed (mostly) in the USA. It builds on the work of Laird Wilcox, whose Crying Wolf (PDF) is the original book on this subject. The books Hate Crime Hoax and Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics are also recommended.

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Articles/programs Details
612. Jussie Smollett Found Guilty in Hate Crime Hoax Trial / A jury found disgraced actor and former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett guilty on five of six charges in a case where he is accused of staging an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago / 2021-12-09
613. Jussie Smollett found guilty of faking hate crime against himself / Actor Jussie Smollett paid two men to beat him up, claiming he was a victim of a racist hate crime. / 2021-12-10
Type of hoax: convicted - victim or accomplice(s) committed crime


Chicago IL

Alleged victim Jussie Smollett was convicted of staging the hoax attack with two accomplices