Jussie Smollett Has Been Sentenced To Jail For Staging A Hate Crime
The actor will be imprisoned for five months.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Jussie Smollett, an American actor, has been sentenced to prison for creating a “disgraceful” conspiracy to stage a hate crime.
A Chicago court issued the decision on Tuesday, March 10, 2022.
According to the judge, the actor will be imprisoned for five months for fabricating a hate crime.
“I’m innocent! I could’ve said I was guilty a long time ago!” Smollett said as he was led away in handcuffs and remanded into custody.
“I did not do this and I am not suicidal and if anything happens to me when I go there, I did not do it to myself and you must all know that.”
The decision came months after he was found guilty on five of six counts against him.
After being found guilty on five counts of felony disorderly conduct following an eight-day trial late last year, Smollett was sentenced to 30 months probation, the first five of which he must serve in Cook County jail, and ordered to pay the city of Chicago $120,000 in restitution and a $25,000 fine.
The actor said that he was beaten up by two men who placed a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him.
Smollett was hospitalised in January 2019 after allegedly being attacked by two guys in what seems to be a homophobic attack.
According to reports, two guys wearing ski masks savagely assaulted Jussie as he fought back.
He broke a rib, and the assailants tied a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him while yelling, “This is MAGA land.”
The brothers Osundairo were eventually implicated in the purported attack on Smollett.
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