- Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett will be serving prison time as punishment for staging a hate crime in January 2019
- The 39-year-old star was caught lying to law officials about being physically assaulted by unnamed individuals for being black and gay
- Almost three years after the hate crime hoax happened, Jussie has finally appeared in front of the court to receive his sentence
Jussie Smollet has finally faced the consequences for staging a fake hate crime against himself in January 2019. The actor has been given the maximum sentence as punishment after being convicted of six felony charges in December.
Justice has been served for Jussie Smollett after he staged a violent hate crime against himself in 2019. The actor has been given a maximum sentence of 150 days in jail as well as a $120 000 fine to be paid to the city of Chicago.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler mistaken for a robber and wrongfully arrested, peeps not impressed
SowetanLIVE reports that Jussie lied to the Chicago police, claiming to have been attacked in a dark street by two strangers. The actor alleged that the two unnamed men threw a noose around his neck and shouted homophobic and racist slurs at him while they doused him in chemicals.
After investigations revealed that there was no such incident, prosecutors believed that Smollett had fabricated the whole ordeal as an attempt to boost his career through public sympathy.
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ABC News reports that Jussie did not bow out silently after the judge issued him with his sentence. The infamous celeb proceeded to have an outburst, shouting:
"I am not suicidal. I am innocent. I respect you and the jury, but I did not do this. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself."
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler mistaken for a robber
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was wrongfully arrested when he tried to withdraw a huge sum of money at the Bank of America at the beginning of this year.
The star had written a note to the teller asking her to count the money confidentially because it was a hefty amount of $12 000 (over N5m).
Police came to the scene and arrested Ryan because the teller thought he was a robber but they released him as soon as they found out who he was.