CNN - Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was sentenced to 30 months of probation, ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and spend 150 days in jail on Thursday for making false reports to police that he was the victim of a hate crime in January 2019.
After the judge announced his sentence, Smollett lowered his face mask and said he was innocent. "Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this," the actor told the judge, before turning to the court. "And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that."
Smollett, 39, was found guilty in December on five counts of felony disorderly conduct for making false reports about what he said was an anti-gay and anti-Black hate crime.
Smollett maintained his innocence under oath during the trial, but the jury convicted him on five of six felony charges after nine hours of deliberations.
A disorderly conduct charge for a false crime report is a class 4 felony in Illinois, each punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
At the hearing Thursday afternoon, Smollett attorney Tina Glandian argued that the guilty verdict should be overturned and a new trial granted based on legal errors leading up to and during the trial. Sean Wieber, deputy special prosecutor, said in response that her arguments were "meritless" and that the conviction should stand.
Judge Linn denied the defense's request.
"I stand by my findings and rulings. I do believe that at the end of the day that Mr. Smollett received a fair trial," he said.
JUSTICE IS SERVED!
First off, charlatan is a term that doesn't get used nearly enough.
Merriam Webster - Definition of charlatan
1: QUACK entry 4 sense 2charlatans harming their patients with dubious procedures
2: one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability: FRAUD, FAKERa charlatan willing to do and say virtually anything to remain in the spotlight— Alan Brinkley
(fun fact - In medieval times, people claiming medical skills they did not have roamed throughout Italy, selling "medicine" that was often completely without worth. Many of these pretenders reputedly came from a village called Cerreto, and as a result, cerretano (meaning "inhabitant of Cerreto") became an epithet for a quack physician. In addition, these frauds used a practiced patter to attract customers, rather like the chatter of a circus barker. The Italian word for "chatter" is ciarlare, and chattering was so associated with the cerretano that the spelling of the word shifted to ciarlatano. By the early 17th century, we had anglicized the Italian word to charlatan and adopted it as our own.)
This is what a charlatan looks like.
If you were one of the people who thought there was no chance Jussie Smollett, the fake victim of a fake hate crime was going to do jail time in a city where over 100 homicide cases were closed without even being prosecuted last year, then join the fucking club.
I'm shocked but feel like it's a little harsh, and an even bigger blemish for the city regarding something that was disgraceful and embarrassing from the start.
Sure everybody wanted to see this moron go down and be taught a lesson, but the judge is right, Jussie is a narcissistic psychopath. And he proved his point perfectly by responding to the judge's sentencing.
"Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this," the actor told the judge, before turning to the court. "And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that."
That's the exact opposite of respect Jussie.
And my sources tell me (aka Carl's way smarter, attorney brother) that Judge Linn deserves plenty of respect.
And throwing out the bit about should you die in federal-pound-you-in-the-ass prison that it wouldn't be because of suicide (like Epstein right?) was just spitting in all of our faces. That is the EXACT reason we know what a narcissist you are. Because you legit think you’re important enough to get Epstein’d in prison? That’s your problem right there. You’re not.
Not to mention you're far too much of a pussy to hurt yourself and you're in love with yourself to the point you're pathological.
I blogged a couple weeks ago about having dinner and shooting the shit with Jussie's "attackers"
and without incriminating anybody who could easily rip me limb from limb, I can say without a shadow of a doubt in my mind Jussie was dead guilty of orchestrating this entire thing just like the prosecution argued.
Also, continuing to invoke race in this thing after all of this is WILD.
The saddest part about this whole thing is how unnecessary and avoidable it all was.
Obviously, had this maniac not concocted a scheme like he had to be fake attacked on the coldest night of the decade in Chicago, during the polar vortex, on a Tuesday night in sleepy Streeterville, aka "Maga Country", none of this happens and Empire is probably still on the air being watched by hundreds every week.
But even after that happened, I think all Jussie had to do was own up to it, admit he was fucked up, going through some shit and came up with a terrible idea. Maybe even blame it on alcohol or drugs. Just show the tiniest bit of remorse! Do anything except doubling down on your lies and acting indignant through this entire proceeding. If he said he was sorry, and taken responsibility, we're forgetting about this months ago, writing this loser off as the moron he is, and moving on with life. Fast forward ten years from now and he's probably on the undercard at Rough N Rowdy 186 fighting Marty Mush.
Still a shit life, but at least he's not losing sleep like he is tonight over the next 150 days in real prison…Cook County.
Somewhere the rest of the Oreo Line weeps.
If you want to watch Jussie get blasted for almost an hour by the judge you can watch here. I bookmarked it.
p.s. - obligatory Juicy Smollet bit
p.p.s. - words of advice from Dave Chappelle aka Tron