Appeals court orders Jussie Smollett freed pending his appeal on hate hoax conviction
Actor Jussie Smollett is shown in the jail booking photo, March 10, 2022, © Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP
Jussie Smollett, the disgraced “Empire” actor found guilty of felony disorderly conduct for staging a hate crime against himself, will be released from a Chicago jail on a promise to show up for appeals hearings, an Illinois court ruled on Wednesday.
In a 2-1 decision by the state’s First District Appellate Court on Wednesday, the judges ordered Smollett released from Cook County lockup after posting a “personal recognizance bond of $150,000.”
According to AP, this means he doesn’t actually have to put up any money, only promise to show up to court.
The actor and social justice activist had spent less than a week in jail. Smollett was sentenced last Thursday to 150 days behind bars, a $25,000 fine, 30 months of probation and $120,000 in restitution to the city of Chicago. A jury found him guilty in December on five out of six counts of felony disorderly conduct, for falsely claiming to have been a victim of a hate crime in January 2019.
After the sentencing, Smollett began yelling he was “not suicidal” and insisted on his innocence.