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Judge to Smollett: ‘You Put The Noose Around Your Own Neck’

Hoax artist and “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, 39, received his official prison sentence on Thursday: subject to five months in jail for faking a hate crime.

Smollett appeared before a Chicago judge after facing five counts of felony disorderly conduct and being acquitted of a sixth, according to the New York Post.

Smollett’s scripted incident occurred on Jan. 29, 2019. He accused two unknown “White” men of putting a noose around his neck, yelling “This is MAGA country” and addressing him with homophobic remarks as the actor allegedly walked to a local Subway at 2 a.m. in the morning.

“You’re misrepresenting me to the jury and to the entire court, and it’s not fair,” Smollett responded after the judge bluntly addressed Smollett’s reach for publicity.

“Without showing the actual Insta stories that I posted, they’re not getting the full story so they don’t understand,” Smollett added.

“They never did get the noose around your neck. So what do you do. You put the noose around your own neck. I repeat, you put the noose around your own neck,” answered the judge.

Smollett even had his 92-year-old grandmother, Molly, appear before the judge on Thursday, pleading to not send the actor away to jail.

“If you do, send me along with him,” said Mama Smollett, willing to take on a life sentence of up to two years.

Smollett has been ordered to pay restitution and will additionally serve 30 months of probation.

OutKick founder Clay Travis tweeted out the video of Smollett as he left the courtroom. Smollett threw up a Black Power fist and yelled “I’m innocent, I could’ve said that he was guilty a long time ago.”

“We are with you, Jussie,” said U.S. President Joe Biden.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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    • Yeah, when I first saw just 150 days I thought it light, but then, I figured it’s OK for a first time offender. Then I saw he’s going to Cook County Jail. Bwaaaaahaaaaahaaaa. Rough place. He should start a go fund me page to afford the Preparation H he’s gonna need when he gets out.

  1. He yelled “I’m innocent” to the court room. Haha, so is everyone in prison so he’ll fit right in. I’d recommend for him to get some soap on a rope but I’m pretty sure he’ll dropping that shit on purpose so there’s no need. It’s a good day for America, a pampered Hollywood a “actor” actually faced justice for his attempt at smearing maga. In the words of the esteemed rapper Ice Cube, today was a good day.

  2. Look, I’m gonna be the unpopular voice here:

    He should go to jail for faking a crime, filing a false police report, etc, but he should NOT go to jail for a “Hate crime.”

    Hate crime is too much like “Thought crimes.” If we allow ANYONE to be imprisoned for his thoughts or words, then we are sanctioning EVERYONE to be jailed for their thoughts and words. I am not for that – ever. You can think and even say whatever evil comes to your mind and you’re fine, but the moment you ACT on it, that is where you get in trouble.

  3. I didn’t know anyone was allowed to just start yelling out like that in court. Isn’t that contempt of court? I’m surprised judge didn’t add another 30 days on for that display. You can’t make a mockery of a judge’s courtroom like that. I’m surprised he didn’t drop the hammer harder on him for that. Judge was a bit too easy on him there imo.

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