Disgraced actor Jussie Smollet was convicted in 2021 of five felony counts of disorderly conduct related to a hate crime hoax. According to his sentence, he should have served 150 days behind bars but was released after six when he appealed the conviction.
From the New York Post:
The “Empire” star, 41, was convicted in 2021 of five felony counts of disorderly conduct related to the alleged racist, homophobic attack and sentenced to 150 days behind bars.
He served just six days of the sentence while the appeal was pending.
Smollett challenged the role of the special prosecutors, the jury selection, evidence, and other aspects of the case against him – but the convictions were ultimately upheld in 2-1 opinion from the Illinois Appeal Court.
The California native – who made his big screen debut in 1992’s “The MIghty Ducks” – made headlines in 2019 when he reported to Chicago police that he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack by two men wearing ski masks.
The search for the attackers quickly backpedaled into an investigation into Smollett, and resulted in his arrest on charges that he paid two man he knew from “Empire” to help him orchestrate the incident.
Lawyers for Smollett claimed that the was victim of a racist justice system and politicking.
Smollett has lost his appeal and and his conviction has been upheld.
Special prosecutor Dan Webb, said that the ruling was “a resounding and profound victory.”
“What happens next is Mr. Smollett can file a petition for a higher appeal to The Illinois Supreme Court,” Webb continued.
“This is purely discretionary meaning the court does not have to hear this appeal. He lost all legal rights to an appeal with today’s decision. If the Supreme Court decides to hear his appeal, there will be briefs filed and a hearing date set. If not, then the case goes back to the trial court, which will execute his sentence.”
However, Smollett’s team is going to keep fighting the case.
“We are preparing to escalate this matter to the Supreme Court, armed with a substantial body of evidence.”