Empire Star Jussie Smollett Sentenced For Staging Hate Crime

By THOUSIF INC

Empire star Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to jail for staging his hate crime and filing a false report with the police.

According to the media, Smollett received 30 months of felony probation, with the first 150 days spent in jail.

In addition to his sentence, Smollett will pay $120,106 in restitution and receive the maximum fine of $25,000.

Smollet declined to address the court before receiving his sentence.

However, his defense team brought longtime friends of the actor to speak to his character and maintain his innocence.

After Cook County Judge James Linn issued his sentencing decision, Smollett stood, removed his mask, and defiantly maintained his innocence.

 "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 LGBT community," Smollett said.

He continued, "Your Honour, I respect you, and I respect the jury, but I did not do this."

"Moreover, I am not suicidal. However, if anything happens to me when I go in there, I do not do it to myself. Moreover, you must all know that."

As Smollett was led out of the courtroom, he pleaded his innocence.

 "I am innocent," he yelled. "I could have said I was guilty a long time ago."

Smollett was initially indicted back in March 2019 with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report.

At the time, he claimed that two men attacked him late at night while he was on his way home from a Subway sandwich shop.

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