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Jussie Smollett released from county jail during appeal

Jussie Smollett was released from jail Wednesday following six nights behind bars after an appeals court agreed with his lawyers that he should be free pending the appeal of his conviction for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack. The former “Empire” actor walked out of the Cook County Jail surrounded by security.

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Jussie Smollett Goes to Jail

Jussie Smollett arrives to the Leighton Criminal Court House flanked by family members in advance of his sentencing hearing on March 10, 2022. (Credit Image: © Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune / TNS via ZUMA Press Wire) Hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett was sentenced on March 10 in Cook County, Illinois. The actor and

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Jussie Smollett sentenced to 150 days in jail in fake attack

A judge sentenced Jussie Smollett to 150 days in jail Thursday, branding the Black and gay actor a charlatan for staging a hate crime against himself while the nation struggled with wrenching issues of racial injustice. Smollett responded by defiantly maintaining his innocence and suggesting he could be killed in jail before being led from

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Jussie Smollett’s attorney says will appeal guilty verdict

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was convicted Thursday on charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it. In the courtroom as the verdict was read, Smollett stood and faced the jury, showing no visible reaction. He and his family later left the

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Man testifies Smollett recruited him, brother to fake attack

An aspiring actor testified Wednesday that Jussie Smollett recruited him and his brother to stage a homophobic and racist attack on him in downtown Chicago nearly three years ago, saying the former “Empire” star even instructed them on how to throw fake punches. Abimbola Osundairo said Smollett detailed how Osundairo and his brother should carry

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Detective: Brothers detailed how Jussie Smollett staged hoax

Photo: Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo, right, and Abimbola Osundairo. Two brothers arrested for an alleged attack on Jussie Smollett recounted for Chicago police how the ex-“Empire” actor orchestrated the hoax, telling them via text message to meet him “on the low,” paying for supplies and holding a “dry run” in downtown Chicago, a lead investigator testified

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