Actor Jussie Smollett had his day in court…again.
This time Smollett was being sentenced for staging a homophobic racist attack in Chicago back in , 2019, while he was on location shooting for Empire, the FOX show that he starred in at the time.
Smollett claimed that two men jumped him, tied a noose around his next, and began shouting racist and homophobic slurs at him.
After being fully investigated by Chicago PD, it was revealed that Smollett had orchestrated the hoax, along with two other accomplices.
This past December Smollett was found guilty of his involvement in these crimes and was scheduled to be sentenced this month.
Today, Smollett, with full support from his family, including his 92 year-old grandmother, was sentenced to 150 days in jail and hit with a $25,000 fine.
According to eyewitnesses in the court room, Smollett, after realizing his fate, jumped up and proclaimed his innocence, stating that if something happened to him, while he was serving his five months, that it would be Judge James Linn’s fault.
He also made it a point to say that he wasn’t suicidal, just in case something happened to him while he was on lockdown.
Smollett’s legal team, as well as his family members, tried to argue that Smollett had been treated unfairly, accusing the judge of choosing jurors that would benefit the prosecution’s case. Smollett’s older brother, Joel, scoffed at the prosecution and compared this trial to the one of mobster Al Capone’s. Smollett’s grandmother, also gave a statement, ridiculing media coverage associated with her grandson’s case.
Smollett refused to make a formal statement after the Judge Linn delivered the verdict, describing Smollett as “profoundly arrogant and selfish and narcissistic.” While pondering on why Smollett would commit such a crime, Judge Linn concluded that he didn’t think that money motivated the actor at all, pointing out the fact that Smollett made over $2 million per year on Empire.
Judge Linn stated to Smollett during the sentencing, “the only thing I can find is that you craved the attention. You took some scabs off healing wounds, you ripped them apart. And for awhile it worked. You were throwing a national pity party for yourself.”