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On Wednesday, attorneys for Jussie Smollett, the disgraced actor who invented a hate crime hoax and was later convicted for lying to Chicago police, filed an appeal of their client’s December 2021 conviction in hopes of keeping Smollett from serving the remaining portion of his 150-day jail sentence.
Variety reports, Smollett served six days out of the 150-day sentence in March 2022 and was released pending his appeal, which was due for filing by his lawyers back in August 2022. Smollett’s attorneys filed and were granted five extensions through February 2023.
In January of 2019, Smollett, who self-identifies as an actor, director, writer, and producer, called the police to his Chicago hotel and claimed that he’d been the victim of a hate crime. At the time he said two white men had assaulted him after he went out in the middle of the night to grab a Subway sandwich. Smollett said the men wrapped a noose around his neck, poured an unknown substance on him, and yelled racist and homophobic slurs and that the Democrat-controlled city of Chicago was “MAGA Country.”
Police noted discrepancies in Smollett’s story, including the unmolested Subway sub and after investigation, it was revealed he’d paid two Nigerian brothers he knew from the gym to help him stage the hoax.
He paid them $3,500 in the form of a personal check.
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