Jussie Smollett To Be Sentenced on March 10 for Hate Crime Hoax
In SummaryThe case involving Jussie Smollett was high-profile and the actor's legal battles from it spanned more than two years.
Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett will be sentenced on March 10, according to his lawyer Tamara Walker.
Walker confirmed the news with CNN on Tuesday. The sentencing comes months after Smollett was convicted in Illinois for staging a hate crime against himself.
In Dec. 2021, a jury found him guilty on five counts of class 4 felonies, BNC previously reported. Count 1 accused Smollett of telling Chicago police officer Muhammad Baig that he was the victim of a hate crime. Smollett claimed two men put a noose around his neck in the early hours of the night on Jan. 29, 2019.
Count 2 refers to him telling Baig he was the victim of battery, alleging the attackers beat him up and poured bleach on him. Counts 3 and 4 are for making the same claims to a different officer, Kimberly Murray. Count 5 accuses him of telling Murray he was the victim of battery.
Count 6 applies because Smollett reported he’d been the victim of aggravated battery weeks later on Feb. 14, 2019. According to The Associated Press, he was found guilty of all charges except count 6.
During his trial, the 39-year-old actor took the stand, claiming he was attacked by two men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him. Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo testified on behalf of prosecutors and alleged Smollett paid them $3,500 and told them to put the noose around his neck and yell out racial slurs.
Defense attorneys pushed back against the statements from the Osundairo brothers alleging they claim the attack was staged because of their dislike for Smollett, The Associated Press reported.
Smollett’s sentence could range from community service and probation to three years in prison.