March 17, 2022
(Reuters) – An Illinois court of appeals on Wednesday ordered the release of actor Jussie Smollett from prison while the former star of the television drama “Empire” is appealing his conviction for committing a hate crime against himself.
The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel noted Smollett’s conviction was for a nonviolent felony and said he could be released after paying a $ 150,000 bail. It was unclear when Smollett could walk free.
Smollett has spent six nights in jail since a Cook County judge sentenced him to 150 days in jail plus 30 months probation, ordered him to pay more than $ 120,000 in restitution and fined him $ 25,000.
In December, a jury found 39-year-old Smollett guilty of five counts of disorderly conduct for falsely telling police he was approached on a dark Chicago street by two strangers masked in a racist, homophobic attack in January 2019. The investigation revealed that Smollett, who is Black and gay, paid two men to star in the attack.
Despite maintaining his innocence, Smollett lost his role as a singer-songwriter in the final season of “Empire,” a hip-hop drama on Fox television that ended a five-year run in 2020.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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