US actor, Jussie Smollet has been sentenced to 30 months of probation, including 150 days of jail time after he was found guilty in December for orchestrating an attack on himself.
Smollet was found guilty on five of six counts of discovery conduct, a Class 4 felony, alleging he falsely reported to police that he was a victim of a hate crime attack.
He wasn’t going to go down without a fight and decided to cause a scene after his judgment was handed down.
He began shouting and insisting that he not suicidal, suggesting that “if anything happens” in jail, he did not take his own life.
“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,”
Jussie Smollett after the sentencing: “I am not suicidal. If anything happens to me when I go in there, you must all know that.” pic.twitter.com/xe2wYpQJ4O
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 11, 2022
“Your Honor, I respect you and I respect the jury but I did not do this.”
“I am innocent. I could have said I am guilty a long time ago,” shouted Smollet.
BYE FELICIA: #JussieSmollett sentenced to 150 days in jail for hate hoax, then throws up the communist black power fist and begins to shout: “I AM NOT SUICIDAL!” as he his hauled away to jail in shame pic.twitter.com/3rFIQbZSPF
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) March 11, 2022
Smollet, 39, was also ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution to the city of Chicago and fined $25,000 by Judge Linn of Cook county circuit court.