UPDATE, 6:41 PM: Jussie Smollett is formally out of jail.
Following the choice earlier in the present day, by an Illinois Appellate Court docket to chop quick the previous Empire star’s 150-day sentence pending attraction, Smollett walked out of Cook dinner County Jail at round 8 PM native time.
Surrounded by members of his protection workforce, household and different supporters, Smollett was silent as he exited the Chicago facility. Protection legal professional Nenye Uche informed the assembled media that his shopper solely drank water over the previous 6 days and ate no meals in any respect.
PREVIOUSLY, 4:12 PM: After lower than every week behind bars on a 150-day sentence for faking a hate crime, Jussie Smollett might be strolling out of the Cook dinner County Jail on Wednesday.
A one-page order unceremoniously launched by the Illinois Appellate Court docket in the present day in a 2-1 resolution granted the movement from the previous Empire actor’s legal professionals for a keep of the sentence. Denied an attraction by the sentencing decide final week, the protection workforce sought to set Smollett free whereas his attraction on 5 felony convictions is pending.
The Appellate Court docket decide agreed, citing that Smollett probably already would have served his jail time sentence earlier than his attraction had gotten very far. The order additionally famous that the actor had by no means been convicted of a violent crime. In reality, the paperwork’s solely actual demand was that Smollett put up a $150,000 private recognizance bond.
The method round that bond and Smollett strolling out a free man for now’s happening, I hear.
Convicted on December 9, 2020 over the extensively coated January 2019 so-called MAGA assault, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail on March 10 as a part of an general sentence of 30 months probation. That sentence additionally included $120,106 in restitution to the Windy Metropolis for cops’ additional time spent on his preliminary case and an extra $25,000 positive.
Final week, simply earlier than being led away by deputies after a visibly angered Decide James Linn handed down the sentence, Smollett stood up on the protection desk and yelled, “I’m not suicidal!”
“If something occurs to me in there, I didn’t do it,” the actor continued. As he was being escorted out of the courtroom, Smollett raised his fist within the air and loudly declared: “I’m not suicidal, I’m harmless!”
As sibling Jurnee Smollett, Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson and others plead for the actor to be launched, he was positioned in protecting custody. Below armed-guard surveillance and cameras, Smollett later was moved to the psychiatric ward, as revealed by his brother on social media.
Unsurprisingly, particular prosecutor Daniel Webb unsuccessfully opposed the transfer to free Smollett.
“Not solely is Smollett not being held in solitary confinement, however the Cook dinner County sheriff’s workplace made public the particular measures which are being taken to make sure the well being, security, and wellbeing of Mr. Smollett whereas he serves his jail time period,” the previous Iran Contra lawyer informed the court docket in the present day, in reference to the comparatively benign circumstances beneath which the actor was incarcerated.
Now, there’ll be extra courtroom drama on this unhappy saga.