Illinois appeals court affirms actor Jussie Smollett's convictions and jail sentence

An appeals court maintained Jussie Smollett's disorderly conduct convictions on Friday. 

Smollett was accused of fabricating a racist, homophobic attack on himself in 2019 and then lying about it to Chicago police.

Smollett, who played Jussie Smollett on the television show "Empire," questioned the role of a special prosecutor, jury selection, evidence, and many other facets of the case. 

The Illinois Appellate Court, however, dismissed all of them in a 2-1 decision.

Smollett told police he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two individuals wearing ski masks. 

The manhunt for the perpetrators quickly devolved into an inquiry into Smollett, who was arrested on suspicion of orchestrating the incident.Authorities claim he paid two persons he knew from his time on "Empire."

In 2021, Smollett was convicted by a jury on five felony charges of disorderly conduct, a crime that can be issued in Illinois when a person bluffs to authorities.

He must now serve the remaining 150 days of his sentence in prison. Smollett was only imprisoned for six days while his appeal was underway.

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