A United States actor Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to jail for staging a hate crime against himself.
Jussie Smollett in December was found guilty by the Jury of a six-count felony disorderly conduct after he lied to the Police.
Smollett once claimed that he was attacked by two men who threw a noose around his neck and poured chemicals on him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs and expressions of support for former U.S. President Donald Trump.
The gay actor was arrested a month later after the investigation revealed that he paid two Nigerian brothers $3,500 to stage the attack in an effort to raise his show-business profile.
Jussie Smollett to Spend 150 Days in Jail
On Thursday a Chicago court sentenced the 39-year-old actor to 30 months probation and 150 days in jail for his crimes.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge James Linn ordered Smollett to pay over $120,000 in restitution and fined him $25,000.
Judge Linn said, “I know that there is nothing that I will do here today that can come close to the damage you’ve already done to your own life. You’ve destroyed your life as you knew it.”
The “Empire” series actor saw his act ‘Jamal‘ removed from the show, while he also lost his role as a singer-songwriter in the final season of the Fox television hip-hop drama series in 2020.
Jussie Smollett has been given a right to appeal as he insists on being innocent of the charges against him.