Actor and singer Jussie Smollett portrayed Jamal Lyon on the hit show Empire. However, he later became known as the actor who staged a fake hate crime against himself in Chicago. After news broke, he was fired from Empireand seemingly shunned from the entertainment industry.
Just over three years after the incident, a judge sentenced Smollett to 150 days in jail, 30 months probation and to pay restitution of more than $120,000, as well as a $25,000 fine. TMZ reports that sources close to the celebrity said that Smollet expected a prison sentence and that “he believed he would be treated more harshly than other defendants convicted of a non-violent crime…all This is because of the color of his skin.
The source went on to say that Smollet believes there is more evidence of systemic racism in the justice system, and that he knew that would be the outcome based on how the judge treated him during his trial. . on this topic.
Smollett claimed his innocence in court after receiving his sentence
Although the actor accepted his sentence, he continued to deny any involvement in the incident. “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I didn’t do this,” he said. declared. He also responded to media reports that he was suicidal, to which he told the judge, “and I’m not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I don’t didn’t do it to me. And you all should know that.” He then declared his innocence again and raised his fist in the air.
Smollet has just started his sentence, and is currently in police custody. His relatives continued to manage his Instagram account, and posted two images supporting the star. The first image shows a quote from Smollet regarding his mental state, with the caption, “OUR BROTHER IS INNOCENT AND WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING. #FreeJussie.” The second image is of the hashtag #FREEJUSSIE, captioned: “Jussie is innocent. And…you don’t have to believe in his innocence to believe he should be free. #FreeJussie.”
However, the judge approved Smollett’s requests regarding his prison sentence
Many celebrities who are serving time in prison seek preventative custody due to the possibility of increased danger. Smollett and his legal team were no different. Following recommendations from his legal team and the court, the judge granted the request.
He is currently in his own cell which is monitored by security cameras. There is also an officer wearing a body-worn camera when posted at the entrance to the cell for direct observation. It has been confirmed by sources that he is not in solitary confinement, and that he can use a phone and interact with staff, but it is unclear whether he has been placed on suicide watch.
As of this post, Smollet’s family are running their Instagram account and plan to continue posting in support of the actor. One of their recent posts is to thank a Chicago activist for her support of Smollet. The message primarily targets the Chicago Police Department. for the way the case was handled. At the end, the caption read, “Let’s say I’m blinded by loyalty and I’m wrong — the Chicago Police Department is right and Jussie absolutely did what they say he did.” NEXT TO HIM.”
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