Jussie Smollett is an American actor and singer. He began his career as a child actor in 1991, acting in films such as The Mighty Ducks and Rob Reiner’s North.
Smollett was sentenced to serve 150 days in county jail, to begin immediately, as well as two and a half years on probation. Smollett was also ordered to make restitution to the city of Chicago of just over $120,000 and fined $25,000.
After sentencing, Smollett repeatedly said, “I am not suicidal”. He then continued, “If I did this, then it means that I stuck my fist in the fears of black Americans in this country for over 400 years and the fears of the LGBTQ community.
Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this, and I am not suicidal, and if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself, and you must all know that.”
His lawyers filed a notice of appeal the following day.
Jussie Smollett Jail Term: What Is Jussie Smollett Doing Now?
Jussie Smollett can be sprung from jail on bond while lawyers appeal his conviction for staging a hate crime, an Illinois state appellate court ruled Wednesday.
The ruling came two days after Smollett’s lawyers filed an emergency motion to postpone his five-month sentence on five counts of felony disorderly conduct for lying to police.