Two years ago, the case of a racist and homophobic attack came to light that shocked Hollywood. It was the one denounced by the actor of ‘Empire’ Jussie Smollett. However, some clues created a debate about whether he was real or faked and he was arrested. Now, the interpreter has been sentenced to five months in prison and 30 months of probation after the judge’s verdict determined that nothing that happened was real.
According to The Wrap, Judge James B. Linn would have sentenced the actor to 150 days in jail, 30 days of probation and $25,000 bail. This occurs despite the fact that the charges were dropped in March 2019. The case was reopened last year and last December he was found guilty.
According to the first version of the actor, In January 2019, he had been attacked by two men who insulted him in a racist and homophobic manner, in addition to spraying him with a chemical substance. He also explained that they tied him with a rope around his neck and left him shouting a Trump campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again”.
The reasons for the fact that the attack was orchestrated by Smollett are the statements of the brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who explained that they had helped him prepare it and received 3,500 dollars for it. They also knew the actor because they worked as extras in ‘Empire’. Smollett says that the payment was made to Abimbola Osundairo for having worked as a coach and that they had had sexual relations, something that Osundairo denies.
Both parties have presented their points of view during the trial. On the defense side, Smollett’s lawyer has read letters from movements such as Black Lives Matter or the Rainbow Push Coalition, as well as stars such as Samuel L. Jackson expressing their support for the interpreter. His relatives were also present and clarified how hypocritical the accusation seemed to them considering that he had grown up suffering from racism all his life.
On the other hand, Judge Linn told him before handing down his verdict that “There is nothing I can do that comes close to the damage you have done to your own life”. And it is that the actor lost his job in ‘Empire’ after being arrested. And he added that He didn’t think he was doing it for the money, but for the fame, and that in doing so he had harmed people who are real victims of these hate crimes. also called it “arrogant, selfish and narcissistic”and referred to his testimony as “pure perjury”.