Yesterday, Jussie Smollet was sentenced to 150 days in the Cook County Jail, as well as 30 months probation. Not only was he fined $25,000, but he was also ordered to pay over $120,000 in restitution to the city of Chicago.
In December 2021, a jury found the former “Empire” actor guilty of five out of six counts of disorderly conduct for filing false police reports. In January 2019, Smollett claimed to have been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. He alleged that one of the assailants even put a noose around his neck. However, two brothers came forward and testified against Smollett, claiming that Smollett had paid them to orchestrate the attack.
After his sentence, an agitated Smollett shouted “I’m not suicidal” and insisted it was innocent as he was taken into police custody to begin serving his 150-day sentence.
As expected, social media had many reactions to Smollett’s sentence and his reaction.
Users joke about how judge ‘roasted’ Jussie Smollett before sentencing
After being criticized by Judge James Linn for almost forty minutes for wasting police resources, the actor raised his fist in the air before being led out of the courtroom.
“God, that judge roasted it,” one user commented.
“This guy is clearly still living in a false reality and hasn’t learned his lesson,” another user wrote.
“No one should defend this guy. Especially black people,” shared another. “This guy and people like him are hurting real people who are being discriminated against. Beyond race, this guy also represents another problem in America, the lack of honesty, morals and values.
“Love Judge went to the essentials. Tell him how much Americans and his fans feel,” another commented. “I pray for him and his family. He really needed this reality check.
“So sad to see someone who was good at playing this way,” wrote another. “I think sometimes people who make more money than most think they’re above the law and should be given special treatment. You’d think he’d just accept that lighthearted sentence from Lil and walk away regretting his actions, but not him, he doesn’t represent or represent anyone but himself. Things like this make it harder for people of color who actually have racist things happening to them but don’t have the money or the means to afford a good lawyer to defend them. What a waste of a lifetime of talent and above all… Respect! I seriously doubt he’ll ever admit he lied and feel remorse for his actions.
Jussie Smollett is still trending Friday morning as more users weigh in
i just watched @JussieSmollett‘s outbreak after his conviction. The level of malignant narcissism this grotesque moron exhibited is staggering. He has no sense of shame. He’s a psychopath from Munchausen.
—Gad Saad (@GadSaad) March 11, 2022
🔥 WHOA!!! and the judge in the Jussie Smollett case said so before sentencing 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/inEwv52wDp
— SherryN (@SherryfromLBK) March 11, 2022
#JussieSmollett wow! I didn’t see that coming! Jussie Smollett stands up after sentencing and says, “I’m not suicidal! If something happens to me in prison, I am not suicidal and I am NOT guilty! ” Shit ! pic.twitter.com/nCibRncRZ1
— EGCollins (@EGCollins) March 11, 2022
Guilty or not, this Jussie Smollett sentencing video is truly sad to watch.
— Waliu Fagbemi (@waliuabayomi) March 11, 2022
“I find your extreme premeditation in this matter to be an aggravating factor” – Judge James Linn.
(this is such a thoughtful sentencing decision by a judge who paid attention to every moment of this trial)
#JussieSmollett @LawCrimeNetwork @lawcrimenews https://t.co/t1ujxUSz1c pic.twitter.com/uMErshgIVb
— Julie Rendelman (@jrendelmanlaw) March 11, 2022
Doubt Jussie Smollett’s rant at the end of his sentencing was spontaneous. My gut tells me he planned and rehearsed this in case he got jailed, although I bet he thought he could act and charm his way out of the embankment. The judge may be the first adult to say “no” to Jussie.
— Paul Ladd (@PaulLadd1) March 11, 2022
The fact that Jussie Smollett continued to perform throughout sentencing and even as he was taken to slammer. pic.twitter.com/kfC0aATGWA
— Rose. (@Ronse325) March 11, 2022
In honor of Jussie Smollett’s conviction, I would like to take a trip down memory lane and pay tribute to #JussieSmollett for his own self-fulfilling prophecy. His lies only destroyed his own people. More than 13% of society is laughing at him now. pic.twitter.com/HThndLd6iV
—Houston Calhoun (@MrKitCalhoun) March 10, 2022