Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett sentenced for hate crime hoax [VIDEOS]

Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett sentenced for hate crime hoax [VIDEOS]

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Following his sentencing in court for the hate crime he staged on himself, Jussie Smollett repeatedly exclaimed that he “was not suicidal” and that if anything happened to him in jail, he didn’t do it to himself.

“I am not suicidal. I am not suicidal. I am innocent and I am not suicidal. If I did this then it means I stuck my fist in the fears of Black Americans in this country for over 400 years, and the fears of the LGBT community. Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this 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. I respect you, your honor. I respect your decision. … I am not suicidal.”

Prior to the six-hour sentencing, Judge James B. Linn verbally lashed out at Jussie, describing him as “selfish,” narcissistic” and “profoundly arrogant.” He also added the that Jussie orchestrated a pre-meditated crime and put on a “performance” which included him committing perjury when he took the witness stand back in December.

Jussie’s attorneys wanted the judge to limit the sentence to community service, arguing that he had already been punished by the criminal justice system and damage to his career.

Jussie Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail. However, his jail time will be spent in protective custody away from general population. Plus, 30 months of probation, $120,106 in restitution that he has to pay back as well as $25,000 fine for allegedly staging the fake hate crime against himself where he was targeted for being Black and gay.

Source: Fox 11