Jussie Smollett shouts he is ‘harmless,’ ‘not suicidal’ after being sentenced to jail

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Actor Jussie Smollett loudly declared himself “innocent” in a Chicago courtroom Thursday after he was sentenced to 150 days in jail for mendacity to police in a staged hate crime.

Smollett was sentenced by Cook dinner County Choose James Linn to 30 months of felony probation and 150 days within the county jail. Linn ordered Smollett to be instantly positioned in custody.

“I am innocent. I could have said I was guilty a long time ago,” Smollett yelled as sheriff’s deputies led him out of the courtroom following his sentencing for mendacity concerning the 2019 racist and homophobic assault, which he orchestrated himself. 

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“I’m not suicidal!” Smollett additionally screamed as he was taken into custody.

The previous “Empire” actor was sentenced after his attorneys learn aloud letters from Progressive teams that requested for mercy for Smollett. 

Actor Jussie Smollett appears with his attorneys at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.

Actor Jussie Smollett seems together with his attorneys at his sentencing listening to on the Leighton Prison Court docket Constructing, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.
((Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune through AP, Pool))

These pushing for leniency within the case included an organizer with Black Lives Matter, Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, in addition to LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson.

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They urged the decide to contemplate how the case had impacted Smollett’s life, and profession and hoped Smollett would keep away from any confinement as a part of his sentence.

Different supporters claimed that Smollett, who’s Black and homosexual, could be in danger in jail. They talked about his race, sexual orientation, and his household’s Jewish heritage.

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Smollett was convicted in December of staging the hate crime and mendacity to cops. He was discovered responsible on 5 out of six fees at his hate crime hoax trial and confronted a most sentence of three years in jail for every of his 5 felony conviction counts.

Actor Jussie Smollett appears at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.

Actor Jussie Smollett seems at his sentencing listening to on the Leighton Prison Court docket Constructing, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.
(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune through AP, Pool)

Previous to his sentencing, particular prosecutor Dan Webb requested Linn to incorporate “an appropriate amount of prison time.”

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Webb additionally requested that Smollett be ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution to town of Chicago. Smollett was finally ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution.

Judge James Linn speaks during a sentencing hearing for actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.

Choose James Linn speaks throughout a sentencing listening to for actor Jussie Smollett on the Leighton Prison Court docket Constructing, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.
((Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune through AP, Pool)through AP, Pool))

Smollett was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct associated to false statements to Chicago law enforcement officials a couple of 2019 hate crime towards him. In 2019, he claimed that two males attacked him as a result of his pores and skin coloration and sexual orientation.

“I do believe at the end of the day that Mr. Smollett received a fair trial,” Linn stated Thursday. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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