Written by on March 11, 2022

American actor, Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to one hundred and fifty days in jail after being found guilty of falsely telling police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime in 2019, an attack prosecutors said he himself staged.

The actor who was found guilty in December 2021 of five charges of felony disorderly conduct after making false reports about the hoax attack will have to serve the first one hundred and fifty days of his sentence in prison as part of a total of thirty months on probation.

He must also repay over one hundred and twenty thousand dollars to the Chicago Police to cover their investigation costs and twenty-five thousand dollars in fines, the maximum allowable by law.

The actor’s lawyers and family had begged the judge for leniency and asked for an alternative to prison, or for a suspended sentence as he has always maintained his innocence.

Judge James Linn called Jussie arrogant, selfish and narcissistic while making the judgement, stating that he faked the attack because he wanted attention.

The judge said, “You picked out the actors…They idolized you, you paid them in advance. You chose the date. You chose the time. You chose a location.”

Upon leaving the courtroom, Jussie continued to shout that he is innocent while holding up a black power fist.

If you would recall, Jussie Smollett was indicted on sixteen counts of felony disorderly conduct in March 2019, after police determined the hate crime reports were false.

Just weeks later the charges were dropped by the office of Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx. Special prosecutor Dan Webb was appointed to the case in August 2019, and a second grand jury indicted Smollett on six felony charges.

The Osundairo brothers, the men accused of attacking Jussie, were among seven witnesses who testified that Jussie paid them to stage the attack.

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