OFF TO THE BIG HOUSE: Jussie Faces Jail Time, Says He’s Not Suicidal
Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett was sentenced to jail Thursday in Chicago for making false reports to police that he was the victim of a hate crime in Jan. 2019.
The former “Empire” actor will spend 150 days in the Cook County jail with 30 months of probation.
He will pay the City of Chicago $120,000 in restitution and was also fined $25,000.
“Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this,” Smollett said.
“And I am not suicidal,” he added. “And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”
Cook County Judge James Linn scolded the 39-year-old for his actions.
“There’s a side of you that has this arrogance, and selfishness and narcissism that’s just disgraceful,” the judge said. “You’re not a victim of a racial hate crime, you’re not a victim of a homophobic hate crime. You’re just a charlatan pretending to be a victim of a hate crime, and that’s shameful.”
BREAKING: Jussie Smollett sentenced to 150 days in county jail & 30 months of probation; the disgraced actor told the judge "I am not suicidal and if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself."https://t.co/ohq91zZDhS pic.twitter.com/vM5ClQvAVI— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 11, 2022
Jussie Smollett screams "I am not suicidal!" as he is taken out of the courtroom.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 11, 2022