Pending Appeal Of American Actor Jussie Smollett Releases Him From Jail, Check Out What Had Actually Happened?

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : March 21, 2022

After the appeals court agreed with his lawyers, he was released from prison on Wednesday. He should be released while his judgment for lying to police about a racial and homophobic attack is upheld on appeal.

Awaiting Appeal, Jussie Smollett Is Released From Jail

On Wednesday evening, Smollett stepped out of jail after six nights behind bars, guarded by security, and said nothing as he climbed into an awaiting SUV. 

Jussie Smollett, a black actor in the United States, has been free pending an appeal of his judgment for falsely claiming to be the victim of a hate crime.

Pending Appeal Of American Actor Jussie Smollett Releases Him From Jail,

The former Empire actor, 39, was sentenced to 150 days in prison last week after being found guilty of lying to police. His lawyers filed an appeal after he was sentenced. Smollett has always maintained that the hoax incident in Chicago in 2019 was genuine.

Jussie Smollett faces jail time after a staged attack in 2019. Before his release, he had to pay a $150,000 (£114,000) recognizance bail and made no statement as he walked out of the Cook County jail, flanked by security.

According to CBS News, Smollett’s defense team said they were “very, very thrilled” with the appeal court’s decision and that he was the victim of a racist justice system. His legal team contended that his incarceration – for what was classified as a low-level, non-violent offense.

He was disproportionate and his health and wellbeing were jeopardized while he was in custody. They also asked why he had been jailed after the allegations against him were withdrawn by a former prosecutor in 2019.

Regardless of your feelings on the case, the valid question is whether or not black guys should be led into jail for a Class 4 felony. If he believes they should, he should be ashamed of himself. 

The Chicago Tribune quotes his defense counsel Nenye Uche as stating: He was in custody while in prison. The prosecutor’s office concluded that his health and safety were in jeopardy.

The decision resulted from a three-year-old incident in which Smollett claimed two people attacked him. The attackers yelled insults and a Trump slogan at the actor, who is black and gay. 

The attacker spilled a “chemical substance” on him, according to the actor. In January 2019, he was strolling late at night with a rope around his neck.

Police investigated the incident. Smollett was eventually charged with filing a fake police report, claiming he fabricated the assault. Taraji P. Henson, Smollett’s ‘Empire’ co-star, and his sister oppose the actor’s jail sentence.

According to the probe, Smollett paid two individuals he recognized from his work on “Empire” to fabricate the attack. In December 2021, a jury found Smollett guilty of five felony charges of disorderly conduct. 

The charge is brought when someone lies to the police. On the sixth count, he was found not guilty. He could have been out in as low as 75 days. Throughout the trial, Smollett maintained his innocence. Justices Thomas Hoffman and Joy Cunningham of the Appellate Court signed the order, but Justice Maureen Connors dissented.

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Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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