Jussie Smollett‘s courtroom outburst isn’t landing for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot … who is praising his 5-month jail sentence, condemning him for staging a hate crime and hoping his case is a warning to others.
After Jussie’s sentencing, where he shouted he’s innocent and left with a fist in the air, Mayor Lightfoot was totally unswayed, saying … “The city feels vindicated in today’s ruling that he is being held accountable and that we will appropriately receive restitution for his actions.”
She also reminded everyone what that restitution will cover — “The malicious and wholly fabricated claim made by Mr. Smollett resulted in over 1,500 hours of police work that cost the city over $130,000 in police overtime.”
In other words, the Mayor’s certain Smollett got exactly what he deserves at Thursday’s sentencing.
Judge James Linn gave the ex-“Empire” actor 150 days in prison, 30 months of probation, a $25k fine and restitution of over $120k.
You’ll recall … Jussie told police he was the victim of a racist homophobic attack, back in 2019. He claimed 2 white men called him slurs, poured chemicals on him and put a noose around his neck.
Of course, brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, who are Black, told cops the actor paid them to stage the entire “attack.”
Smollett denied that, but the jury found him guilty of five counts of 6 counts for lying to police.