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After being convicted last month, it appears Jussie Smollett is scheduled to return to court for official sentencing!
In a report from ABC News, Cook County judge, James Lin, set the sentencing date for March 10 in Chicago for Smollett, who reportedly told the judge he was in New York during a hearing on zoom.
As we previously reported, the former “Empire” star, was convicted for lying about a racist, homophobic attack, which the authorities said he staged. He was found guilty of five felony counts of disorderly conduct and was acquitted on the sixth count, back in Dec. of 2021.
Throughout the three years of legal battles, Smollett maintains his story in saying he was attacked in downtown Chicago on January 2019 by people who yelled racist and anti-gay slurs and put a noose around his neck. During the trial, Smollett denied the accusations and claimed his innocence.
The charges could be a sentence of three years in prison. But legal experts say otherwise. Since the felonies are considered low-level, Smollett will likely be sentenced to probation and community service.
During the trial, the two brothers testified that Smollett paid them 3,500 for the hoax, including lines to yell such as, “MAGA country,” referencing then-President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
Cousins, what do you think? Do you guys believe Smollett staged the incident? Or do you guys think he is telling the truth?
( 📸:AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)