Jussie Smollett speaks to Judge James Linn after his sentence is read at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, in Chicago. Smollett maintained his innocence during his hearing after a judge sentenced the former 'Empire' actor to 150 days in jail for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack.
However, Jussie's plan unraveled and everyone began to see that he was a liar, and in the end, his plan backfired, causing the ENTIRE show to be canceled and causing numerous people to be out of work. All because of his LIE.
In January 2019, Smollett, who is black and gay, said he was the victim of a racist and gay attack in Chicago, although the evidence presented in court revealed that he staged the attack and then told a false story to law enforcement.
"I'm not suicidal, I'm innocent. I didn't do it, your honor," Smollett said after Judge James Lynn announced the sentence.
The judge said the actor has shown to have a side of himself that is "profoundly selfish and narcissistic," though he acknowledged that Smollett had good qualities too.
"I believe that you have done real damage to hate crimes, to hate crime victims," Linn said. He pointed out that victims may be more hesitant to come forward as a result of Smollett's deception.
In court testimony in December, Smollett maintained his story and denied any allegations that he carried out a fake attack. The jury found him guilty of five counts of criminal misconduct, but he was acquitted of the sixth count.