The verdict in the lawsuit against Jussie Smollett (39) has been anything but smooth. After a judge sentenced Jussie to 150 days in prison for his staged “hate crime,” the actor lost his temper and began yelling at the judge.
Among other things, Jussie said that if he does die in prison, it will not be by suicide. In the end, he had to be taken away by security guards, as he walked away with a clenched fist in the air. This reports ‘TMZ’.
“Struggle for equality”
In addition to his prison sentence, the judge also imposed a 30-month probation period and a fine of 23,000 euros. In addition, Jussie has to pay back almost 110,000 euros to the city of Chicago for the costs incurred on his case. The judge had harsh words for the actor, calling him “arrogant, selfish and narcissistic.” According to him, Jussie has done a lot of damage with his actions to real ‘hate crime’ victims, who often have trouble coming forward with their story. He is also said to have only been out for attention and hoped to be seen with his devised action as a fighter for social equality. The former Empire actor was accused of “a national soaring for his own benefit.”
The judge also went back on the words Jussie had spoken about how much social equality means to him and his family. He called his defense “ironic and hypocritical” and emphasized that the actor has lied time and again during his case, which is in no way justifiable.
More than 30 Chicago police officers spent months in 2019 engaged in the so-called “hate crime,” in which Smollett claimed to have been attacked by two white Trump supporters and had them put a noose around his neck. Later it turned out that the men were two black brothers, who were hired by the actor himself. The whole story was staged by Smollett.
Jussie’s 92-year-old grandmother attended the verdict and accused the media of misrepresenting Jussie’s case. She called her grandson “an equality fighter” and told the judge he could also send her to prison if Jussie was punished.