'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett Sentenced to 150 Days in Jail
The actor fell from grace after lying to cops about a hate crime.
Once a fixture on late night television, actor and singer Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to 150 days in jail after allegedly lying to the police about a hate crime in which two men attempted to lynch him after leaving a Subway. Smollett received 30 months of felony probation, with the first 150 days spent in jail, for his crimes at the behest of Cook County Judge James Linn.
Smollett captured national attention after claiming to be the victim of a hate crime in January of 2019, but as his story unraveled many turned against him, with his tenure on the hit Fox show Empire coming to an abrupt end after six seasons. In addition to his 150 day sentence, Smollett has been ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution and receive the maximum fine of $25,000. Although Smollett did not address the court, relying on the testimonies of close friends, he had this to say as his sentence was announced, warning, “I am not suicidal, and if anything happens to me when I go [to jail], I didn’t do it to myself and you must all remember that.”