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Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett appeared in court to be sentenced Thursday following his conviction for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack he staged in Chicago.

The proceedings ended up with Jussie Smollett being sentenced to 150 days in jail and 30 months of probation. A Chicago judge also ordered him to pay $120,106 in restitution to the city and a $25,000 fine as reported by ABC News.

 

Smollett, who is expected to continue to deny his role in the staged attack in January 2019, faced up to three years in prison for each of the five felony counts of disorderly conduct — the charge filed for lying to police — of which he was convicted. He was acquitted on a sixth count.

In December, Smollett was convicted in a trial that included the testimony of two brothers who told jurors Smollett paid them to carry out the attack, gave them money for the ski masks and rope, instructed them to fashion the rope into a noose and then told them exactly what to shout when they carried out the fake attack.

Smollett, who knew the men from his work on the television show “Empire” that filmed in Chicago, testified that he did not recognize them and did not know they were the men attacking him. Smollett will be given a chance to speak to the judge and he could repeat some of the things he told jurors during the trial about how he was simply a victim of a violent crime.

Smollett could tell the judge as he told jurors about his extensive history of volunteering and donating to charitable causes. He could also say that the fact that the case left his career in shambles is punishment enough for him avoid custody.

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