Jussie Smollett was released from jail Wednesday night, after an Illinois appeals court granted an emergency motion by his defense attorneys. Smollett’s legal team is looking to delay his sentence and grant him bond until their appeal on his conviction is decided on.
The former “Empire” actor was sentenced last week to 30 months of felony probation — including 150 days in jail — and ordered to pay restitution of more than $120,000 and a $25,000 fine for making false reports to police that he was the victim of a hate crime in January 2019.
“There is no room for politics in our court system,” defense attorney Nenye Uche said in a news conference shortly after the actor’s release.
“Regardless of what you think about this case … the real question is, should Black men be walked into jail for a Class 4 felony?”
“That’s a disgrace,” the attorney added.
Did Jussie Smollett Speak After He Was Released From Jail?
Jussie Smollet did not say anything as he was whisked out of the jail and directed into a waiting car which sped off.
As he left the jail, Smollet warmly hugged his legal team and bowed twice in a gesture of thanks to those awaiting him.