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Jussie Smollett Has Been Sentenced To Five Months In Jail For Falsely Reporting He Was The Victim Of A Hate Crime

Posted on AllSides March 10th, 2022
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Kamil Krzaczynski / Reuters

Jussie Smollett, the former Empire actor who was convicted of staging a racist and anti-gay attack against himself, was sentenced to 150 days in jail on Thursday.

The jail punishment is part of a 30-month probationary sentence. Cook County Judge James Linn said Smollett would begin his time behind bars immediately and also ordered Smollett to pay $120,106 in restitution and $25,000 in fines.

“I believe that you did damage to real hate crimes — to hate crime victims,” Linn told Smollett before announcing his sentence. The judge acknowledged that he could not say...

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