In breaking news, Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to jail in his hoax hate attack case.
As reported, the ‘Empire’ actor was found guilty of five counts of making false police reports relating to the “hate attack” he claimed to have experienced on January 29, 2019.
At the point of conviction, Smollet faced up to 15 years in prison.
Find out what punishment was handed down to the star after the jump…
Moments ago, Smollett was hit with a sentence of five months (150 days) in county jail – which was read by Judge James Lynn.
The sentence begins immediately.
Smollet was also subject to 30 months probation, restitution to the tune of $120,106, and a $25,000 fine.
At the point the punishment was read out, Smollett declared that he is not suicidal, is innocent, and that both must be noted in the event anything happens to him.
Speaking with visible emotion, he said:
“I am not suicidal, I am innocent! If anything happens to me in there I did not do it”
Watch the dramatic conclusion:
The 39-year-old’s case, which concluded on December 9, heard from brothers Abel and Bola Osundairo who admitted to staging the “racist and homophobic” attack with the star and carrying out the choreographed “incident.”
Smollett has long maintained his innocence and took to the stand in his own defense.