Update 03/11/2022 11:09am:
Previously, it was reported that Jussie Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail for creating an elaborate plan to stage a hate crime. After receiving his sentence, the actor went on to say he was not suicidal, so if anything happens to him in jail, make a note of that. The judge in the case went on to say Smollett would start his sentence immediately.
Now, a mugshot of Smollett has surfaced. The actor could be seen with a straight face, as his picture was taken by Cook County Sheriff’s office. A Cook County representative said Smollett will be given a detailed mental and medical health assessment and a security assessment as well before being put in “appropriate housing.” Stay tuned for more updates.
Original 03/10/2022 8:43pm:
Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to 150 days in jail following a highly publicized trial which concluded that the former Empire star staged a homophobic, raced-based attack back in 2019. After the 39-year-old actor completes his jail stint, he will have to serve 30 months of felony probation.
Smollett narrowly avoided being sent to a maximum prison for his crimes thanks to his grandmother and other family members who testified on his behalf as character witnesses. Nevertheless, as a part of his punishment, the actor and singer must also pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution along with a personal fine of $25,000.
After the ruling, an emboldened Smollet took off his face mask and addressed the judge, maintaining his innocence and stating that he did not commit a hoax because he would never intentionally do anything demean the African American and LGBTQ+ community. Then, he stood up and addressed the entire courtroom by deflecting rumors that he was suicidal while making sure that everyone understood that if he were to die at any point during his jail sentence, it would not be because he took his own life.
Scroll up to watch Jussie Smollett's final words in a courtroom upon learning his sentence.