Jussie Smollett has lost his appeal, which could mean he is returning to jail.
The embattled “Empire” star was convicted of five felony counts of disorderly conduct in 2021. The charges stem from his staging a racist attack and homophobic attack on himself with the help of the Osundairo brothers. Smollett reported that Trump supporters beat him up and placed a noose around his neck while calling him slurs. However, it was ruled he made the entire thing up. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail but was released after six, pending the outcome of his appeal.
On Friday, an Illinois judge upheld his conviction in a 2-1 ruling, which likely means Smollett could head back to jail to finish out his sentence. However, he is already planning to fight back in court, with his legal team preparing to take the case to the Supreme Court, believing that Friday’s decision was unfair. Smollett was initially charged with filing a false police report and posing as a victim of a hate crime. When those charges were dropped, Smollett was re-indicted on the disorderly conduct charges.
Smollett has maintained his innocence despite his co-conspirators providing evidence of their planned stunt. He believes he is being wrongly targeted and has referred to himself as the “Gay Tupac.” To this day, the question remains: what motivated Smollett to commit such an act? Some believe it was a trick to secure more money while on “Empire,” others believe he wanted attention.
The world may never know.