Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), sentenced to five months in prison for simulating a homophobic and racist attack

Two years ago, the case of a racist and homophobic attack came to light that shocked Hollywood. It is the one denounced by the actor of ‘Empire’ Jussie Smollett. However, some clues created a debate as to whether it was real or fake and he was arrested. Now the performer has been sentenced to five months in prison and 30 months probation after the judge’s verdict determined that nothing that happened was real.

According to packagingJudge James B. Linn reportedly sentenced the actor to 150 days in jail, 30 days probation and $25,000 bail. This comes despite the charges being dropped in March 2019. The case was reopened last year and last December he was found guilty.

According to the first version of the actor, In January 2019, he was attacked by two men who insulted him in a racist and homophobic way, in addition to spraying him with a chemical substance. He also explained that they tied him with a rope around his neck and let him shout a Trump campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again”.

The reasons why the attack was orchestrated by Smollett are the statements of the brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who explained that they helped him prepare it and received 3,500 dollars for it. They also knew the actor from working as extras on ‘Empire’. Smollett says the payment was made to Abimbola Osundairo for working as a coach and they had sex, which Osundairo denies.

Testimonials

Both parties presented their views during the trial. On the defense side, Smollett’s lawyer read letters from movements like Black Lives Matter or the Rainbow Push Coalition, as well as stars like Samuel L. Jackson expressing their support for the interpreter. His relatives were also present and made it clear how hypocritical the accusation seemed to them given that he had grown up suffering from racism all his life.

On the other hand, Judge Linn told him before giving his verdict that “There’s nothing I can do that comes close to the damage you’ve done to your own life”. And did the actor lose his job on ‘Empire’ after being arrested. And added that He didn’t think he was doing it for the money, but for the glory, and that in doing so he had harmed people who are real victims of these hate crimes. also called him “arrogant, selfish and narcissistic”and characterized his testimony as “pure perjury”.

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