Jussie Smollett has gained spotlight in recent weeks, but for all the wrong reasons. As we previously reported, Jussie was handed down a prison sentence for lying to cops about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. However, Jussie claims his sentencing was not justified.

According to TMZ, Jussie believes he was sent to jail because he’s Black. Sources close to the “Empire” actor have revealed to the outlet, Jussie fully expected to get jail time. He told his defense team before sentencing he felt he would be treated more harshly than other defendants convicted of a non-violent crime because of his skin color.

Jussie believes it’s evidence of systemic racism present in the judicial system. He told his team after the sentencing that he was sure of the outcome based on the hostile attitude of the judge towards him. As you know, the judge read Jussie the riot act and said the hoax was rooted in a desire for more fame and more attention.

TMZ reached out to the court for a comment on Jussie’s claims. A rep for the Cook County Chief Judge’s Office told the outlet, “Judges can’t comment on pending cases, and it’s still pending.” In the meantime, Jussi will be held in protective custody, as requested while serving his time behind bars.

Sources told TMZ, Jussie spoke out in court about not being suicidal because he wanted to make it clear to the public that if something were to happen to him in jail, it was foul play. Stay tuned to Thirsty for future updates.

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Shubham Banerjee

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