‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett sentenced to 5 months in prison for staging a hate crime

Los Angeles: Actor Jussie Smollett, widely known for his role in “Empire,” was sentenced on Thursday to five months in prison for staging a hate crime in which he lied to authorities that two people had molested him. But racist and homophobic abuses.

According to Variety, the actor has also been asked to pay USD 120,000 in damages to the city of Chicago and a USD 25,000 fine. Additionally, Smollett would have to serve 30 months of probation. After the prison sentence was announced, the actor stood up and maintained his innocence before telling the court, “I am not committing suicide, and if something happens to me when I leave [to jail]I didn’t do it to myself and you all should remember that.”

During sentencing, the actor’s attorney also argued for a new trial for Smollett. The judge denied the request.

Smollett was originally indicted in March 2019 with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report, claiming that, on his way home from a Subway sandwich shop, two men slapped him late at night. attacked him. Those charges were dropped later that month.

The case against him was later revived by a special prosecutor, Dan Webb, and in early 2020, Smollett was once again charged with disorderly conduct.

The indictment against the actor alleged that he “knew at the time … there was no reasonable ground to believe that such an offense had been committed” when he told police that he was attacked by “two unidentified criminals”. Was.

During the mock attack, Smollett claimed that black-clad, masked men hurled racist and homophobic abuses at her. He further said that the men had put a rope around her neck and washed her with bleach. Officials said the incident was done for publicity purpose.

Prosecutors said Smollett paid $3,500 to two brothers, Abimbola “Bola” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundaro, to help them pull off the staged attack.

Following his arrest, the actor’s run on “Empire” ended, with Fox CEO Charlie Collier stating that Smollett would not return for the show’s sixth and final season.


First published:March 11, 2022, 12:41 pm

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