Samuel L. Jackson, spouse LaTanya Richardson, provided help for Smollett in letter learn at sentencing

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Hollywood couple Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson had been amongst these to supply help for Jussie Smollett forward of his sentencing on Thursday. 

Letters from Jackson, his spouse, an organizer with Black Lives Matter, and Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition had been amongst these learn Thursday within the Chicago courtroom, the place Cook dinner County Choose James Linn finally sentenced Smollett to 150 days in jail for mendacity to police in what authorities mentioned was a staged hate crime.

“It is with the respect of knowing this, that I humbly implore you to please find an alternative to incarceration for Jussie Smollett,” Jackson and Richard wrote within the Feb. 24 dated letter, in response to Leisure Tonight. “It is my understanding that Jussie was convicted of Class 4, disorderly conduct, which to my understanding, people convicted of this offense historically are sentenced to various alternatives to incarceration.”

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Actor Samuel L. Jackson and wife LaTanya Richardson arrive for a film premiere in Hollywood, California, June 27, 2016.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson and spouse LaTanya Richardson arrive for a movie premiere in Hollywood, California, June 27, 2016.
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“Jussie has already suffered a great deal of punishment, as this situation has destroyed his existing career and impugned his reputation,” the letter added, according to ET. “Please Judge Linn, in God’s name, please save this young man and allow him to be of service. Jussie Smollett is worth the risk and the investment.”

“Please save this young man and allow him to be of service. Jussie Smollett is worth the risk and the investment.”

— Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson, in letter to guage

The letters additionally 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. 

In danger behind bars?

Different supporters warned that Smollett, who’s Black and homosexual, can be in danger behind bars. They talked about his race, sexual orientation, and his household’s Jewish heritage.

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On Thursday, Linn sentenced Smollett to 30 months of felony probation and 150 days within the county jail. Linn ordered Smollett to be instantly positioned in custody and pay $120,106 in restitution.

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 along with his attorneys at his sentencing listening to on the Leighton Legal Court docket Constructing, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.
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After Jackson and his spouse’s letter was despatched, the actor spoke with ET and mentioned the couple tries to “give service in every way we possibly can.”

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“There are wrongs that need to be righted and someone’s gotta stand up because if we don’t stand up for anything, we’ll fall for everything,” Jackson mentioned.

In 2019, Smollett claimed that two males attacked him attributable to his pores and skin shade and sexual orientation. He was sentenced Thursday for mendacity to police in regards to the racist and homophobic assault, which he orchestrated himself. 

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Earlier superstar help

After the 2019 assault, some Hollywood celebrities spoke out in help of Smollett, together with his former “Empire” co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.

Terrence Howard performs at Hollywood Palladium on Dec. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles.

Terrence Howard performs at Hollywood Palladium on Dec. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles.
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“All your lil homies got you… We love the hell outta you,” Howard wrote on Instagram in February 2019 – simply someday after the present’s producers introduced that Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, can be eliminated from the ultimate two episodes of that season.

Different actors and actresses to talk out in protection of Smollett following the assault included Tyler Perry, Rumer Willis, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Cynthia Nixon.

Every day Put up’ Jessica Napoli and the Related Press contributed to this report.

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