Smollett Erupts In Chicago Courtroom After Sentencing

Jussie Smollett, the former “Empire” actor, convicted of staging a fake hate crime incident in Chicago in 2019, was sentenced Thursday by a Chicago judge to spend 150 days in jail and pay fines and restitution.

Smollett, 39, will spend 30 months on felony probation, pay restitution of over $120,000 to the city for expenses incurred during the investigation of his false report and a $25,000 fine.

The actor doubled down on his claims of innocence after the sentence was announced. “Your honor, I did not do this,” Smollett shouted. “And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I didn’t do it to myself.”

He is aware of the high “suicide rate” of those incarcerated who can implicate a former Democratic president and other elites in horrific crimes.

Smollett, Black and gay, told the court that he disgraced fears of “Black Americans” and “the LGBTQ community.” If the shoe fit

After the judge handed down sentencing, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot made her feelings clear. The mayor noted that Smollett’s “malicious and wholly fabricated claim” cost the city over 1500 hours of police work and more than $130,000 of overtime.

Smollett was convicted of staging the attack on January 29, 2019, claiming that two assailants wearing pro-Trump MAGA hats assaulted him, placed a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him and yelled racist and homophobic slurs.

As the facts emerged casting doubts on the alleged attack, celebrities and politicians alike rushed to condemn the incident as symptomatic of the wave of racist and homophobic brutality perpetrated against innocent victims across the country.

Even afterward, the Los Angeles LGBT Center urged Americans not to be “distracted” by the hoax, saying in a statement that hate crimes against “people of color and the LGBT community” are real and rising. “These facts should alarm us all.”

Chicago special prosecutor Dan Webb, appointed to review the case after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped charges against Smollett in 2019, released his scathing report last December. The 60-page document says Foxx lied before her office surprisingly dropped the charges in several instances.

Foxx, one of a wave of progressive prosecutors elected in major US cities by voters who are now regretting their choices, predictably ripped out the race card after Smollet’s sentencing. In a piece written for the Chicago Sun-Times, Foxx claims Black women elected as prosecutors face a “mob mentality” and the Smollett prosecution “circumvent(ed) the judicial process.”

Someone needs to inform Foxx that perhaps some soul-searching is in order when you are positioned as more radical than Mayor Lightfoot.