Jussie Smollett can’t seem to get his claim of innocence past the judge and jury. Jussie was recently sentenced to 150 days in prison for his hoax in Chicago. Jussie is not alone, as his 92-year-old grandmother stands by his side, pleading with the judge to send her to prison as well if he is sentenced.
Jussie Smollett’s 92-year-old grandmother testified on his behalf at his sentencing on Thursday, criticizing the media and telling the judge that if Smollett went to prison, she wanted to go with him. “I ask you, judge, not to send him to prison,” the woman said from the witness stand. She then waggled her finger at the bench.
“And if you do. send me along with him, okay? Thank you, your honor.”
Her pleading was in vain. Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in prison for four felony counts of lying to police about a non-existent attack on a Chicago street in January 2019. Except for the court officers escorting him, the actor was led into the courtroom through a back door.
“I am not suicidal!. And I am innocent. I could have said I was guilty a long time ago.”
Molly Smollett, who spoke on his behalf before the sentence was handed down, described her grandson as a “justice warrior” who had devoted his time to fighting AIDS and advocating for voting rights. She claimed that the man she knew and loved did not correspond to the media’s portrayal of him.
“I’m talking about you guys,” she said to the press in the courtroom. “You have not done a good job of investigative reporting. You have got to do better,” she added. As his grandmother took the stand as one of four character witnesses asking the sentencing judge for leniency, the actor appeared to cry and place his hand over his heart.
Smollett was convicted of five felony counts of disorderly conduct in December. He was charged with filing false police reports claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. Smollett’s brother and two of his closest friends, one of whom was Richard Daniels who met the actor while he was the music director for “Empire.”
Smollett faced a sentence ranging from probation to three years in prison. Prosecutors requested that he serve some time in prison and repay some of the $130,000 in police overtime spent investigating his attack claims. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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