Actor Jussie Smollett released on bond from Cook County Jail Wednesday pending appeal of his conviction.
- An appeals court granted the former “Empire” actor’s release after posting a $150,000 bond in a 2-1 decision by three judges.
- The actor was convicted on five felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police, but only served less than a week of his 150-day sentence.
- After a judge denied an appeal last week, Smollett’s defense team sought to get him out while his appeal on five felony convictions is pending.
FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR ON SMOLLETT’S RELEASE:
“I’m so upset about this. I have been a civil rights attorney for 30 years and I’m proud of being a civil rights attorney for people who have been victims of discrimination. I want every Fox News viewer to know right now that Jussie Smollett is a liar and a convicted felon. He is not a civil rights victim. He is playing the race card, which is not appropriate.”
- Smollett was convicted on December 9, 2020 after he fabricated a story that he was attacked by “MAGA” supporters near his apartment in Chicago.
- The actor was sentenced on March 10 and received an overall sentence of 30 months probation.
- Users took to Twitter to express their frustration with Smollett’s shortened jail time.
- “Jussie smollett should stay in jail for lying over hate crime! He wasted court time and money. Cant believe the judge bought his poor acting,” one user said.
- Despite the claims not being found true, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ have yet to remove tweets from that time.