Jussie Smollett will be released from Cook County Jail after he posts a $150K bond. He was initially sentenced to 150 days, which is approximately 5 months.
Jussie Smollett will be released from jail after only six days after he posts a $150,000 bond. The actor, 39, was initially sentenced to 150 days (approximately five months) at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois. News of his release was reported by the New York Post on Wednesday, March 16, and comes amid his attempts to appeal his case. The news also comes amid reports that he been fasting for several days due to Lent, which began on March 3. His exact release date is not yet clear, but it would presumably be soon after the bond is paid.
Beyond his initial prison sentence of 150 days, he also faces 30 months of felony probation per Chicago’s Judge James Linn. He was also forced to pay $120,106 in restitution and $25,000 in fines. The judge had a very strong message to deliver to Jussie as he was announcing his sentence. “There’s acute public interest in this case. People seem to care passionately and the reasons are many,” the judge said. “There is nothing I can do today than the damage you have done to your own life. You have destroyed your own life as you know it.”
Jussie also spoke at the hearing and gave a passionate speech, maintaining his innocence. “I am not suicidal. I am innocent,” he declared. “If I did this then it means I stuck my fist in the fears of Black Americans in This country of over 400 years in this country and the years of the LGBT community…if anything happens to me when I’m in there, I did not do it to myself and you must all know that. I respect you your honor and your decision.”
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Jussie was charged with five counts of disorderly conduct for staging a hate crime and filing a false police report in December 2021. In 2019, Jussie had filed a report claiming that he was attacked by two Trump supporters in a hate crime, stating that they tied a noose around his neck. He was also found guilty of charging Abimbola “Bola” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo $3500 to stage the attack.
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