March 12, 2022 | 12:30pm

Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to 5 months behind bars for staging a hate crime in Chicago, and reportedly believes his race was a figuring out consider his sentencing.

The actor, 39, finest recognized for his function on Fox drama “Empire” advised his protection crew earlier than sentencing that he anticipated jail time and believed he’d be handled extra harshly for the non-violent offense than others convicted of comparable crimes as a result of coloration of his pores and skin, sources advised TMZ.

For Smollett, it’s additional proof of systemic racism within the judicial system.

He reportedly advised his crew he was “useless on” in predicting the result, calling it “unlucky” and “unhappy.”

Choose James Linn sentenced Smollett to 30 months of probation, the primary 5 of which he should spend within the Prepare dinner County jail, and ordered him to pay the town of Chicago $120,000 in restitution and a $25,000 fantastic after he was discovered responsible on 5 counts of felony disorderly conduct following his eight-day trial late final yr.

Jussie Smollett
Smollett will serve 5 months behind bars.
AP

Whereas Smollett declined to talk earlier than his sentence was handed down, he instantly started to proclaim his innocence as he was led away in handcuffs following Choose Linn’s choice.

“I’m harmless! I may’ve mentioned I used to be responsible a very long time in the past!” Smollett said in court docket.

Jussie Smollett
The actor continues to proclaim his innocence after conviction.
Chicago Tribune

“I’m not suicidal. I’m harmless and I’m not suicidal. If I did this, then it implies that I shoved my fist within the fears of Black People on this nation for over 400 years and the fears of the LGBTQ neighborhood,” Smollett shouted.

“Your honor, I respect you and I respect your choice, however I didn’t do that and I’m not suicidal and if something occurs to me after I go there, I didn’t do it to myself and you should all know that.”