Smollett Ducks Jail Time for Hate Crime Against Self

Actor Jussie Smollett, flanked by attorneys, leaves court in Feb. 2020 (Getty Images)
March 17, 2022

Jussie Smollett, a former actor best known for his role in The Mighty Ducks, walked out of jail on Wednesday.

Smollett, a Hillary Clinton donor, was sentenced to 150 days for faking a hate crime against himself. Many left-wing politicians and mainstream media outlets—including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, CNN, and the New York Times—fell for the "crime." Smollett claimed that two white guys in Make America Great Again hats were wandering around Chicago in below-freezing conditions to assault him.

"You're not a victim of a racial hate crime, you're not a victim of a homophobic hate crime," Cook County judge James Linn told Smollett during sentencing. "You're just a charlatan pretending to be a victim of a hate crime, and that's shameful."

An appeals panel, however, ordered that Smollett be released after paying $150,000 bond. His attorneys said staying in jail would compromise his health. 

The hate-crime hoaxer could have served just 75 days with good behavior.

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