Attorney Smollett is in an extremely unstable state of mind… Black American actress Jessie Smollett / Photo = Yonhap News
Black actor Jessie Smollett was released on bail after six days in prison in Chicago.
According to the US media on the 17th, Smollett was released from the Cook County prison under Chicago jurisdiction around 8 pm the night before. He was sentenced to 150 days in prison, 30 months on probation and a $25,000 fine in a Cook County Courthouse last 10 days and six days in prison.
The judge said Smollett, pretending to be a victim of racism and homophobia, caused confusion over social justice and could spark violent protests. He then ordered him to pay a $130,000 fine charged by the city of Chicago and sentenced him to serving his sentence starting today.
However, from the day after imprisonment, Smolletts lawyers requested bail, saying that Smollett stopped eating and was showing an extremely anxious state of mind.
A judge in the Illinois Court of Appeals set him free on bail of $150,000, saying he could be released until the results of the appeal on the 16th.
Smollett was found guilty of self-made hate crimes in February 2019, and he was charged with 16 felonies. At the time, the prosecution withdrew the charges and Smollett was freed.
However, the court decided to introduce a special prosecutor system, and as a result, it was revealed that the Cook County Attorney General, who had been solicited by a high-ranking authority, had protected Smollett. Smollett was sentenced to prison on five counts of making false claims and making false statements to the police.
His counsel then appealed, arguing that the special prosecutors indictment violated the Fifth Amendment double-hazard prohibition principle. He also argued that it was because Smollett was black that he was sentenced to prison for a nonviolent crime in the first trial.
Meanwhile, Smollett, who appeared in Empire, reported to the police that in January 2019, while walking alone at night in Chicago, the filming location of the Empire, two white men who were believed to be supporters of then-President Donald Trump had suffered black and homophobic crimes.
However, as a result of the investigation, it was confirmed that the black brothers, who were minor actors in the Empire, received money from Smollett to help with the self-made drama, which caused controversy.