Jussie Smollett's Disorderly Conduct Conviction Upheld by Illinois Appeals Court - Unfavorable News for the Actor

Jussie Smollett received unfavorable news as an Illinois appeals court recently upheld his disorderly conduct conviction. Following a panel vote of 2-1, the court affirmed the conviction on Friday.

In 2021, the former Empire star was convicted for orchestrating a racist and homophobic attack on himself in 2019, as we have previously reported. Additionally, he faced allegations of submitting a fabricated police report in relation to the aforementioned incident. Smollett has consistently denied any involvement in the planning of the alleged attack. However, investigators have expressed confidence in their belief that he orchestrated the incident alongside two aspiring actors whom he was acquainted with from the television show he was working on in Chicago.

Smollett's alleged actions led to his conviction on five counts of disorderly conduct. As a consequence, he received a sentence of 150 days in jail, along with 30 months of felony probation and the requirement to pay restitution. Smollett's legal team has the option to appeal the recent ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court. If the conviction is not overturned, Mr. Smollett will be required to serve his 150-day jail sentence that was imposed on him in 2022. Jussie Smollett's time in jail was relatively short, lasting only six days. However, it is important to note that his release was primarily a result of his decision to appeal the charges against him.

In 2019, Jussie Smollett, a well-known actor recognized for his portrayal in the television series "Empire," made a report claiming to have been targeted in a hate crime. In his initial statement, Smollett reported that he had been subjected to an assault by two individuals. These attackers allegedly directed racial and homophobic slurs towards him, poured a chemical substance on his person, and proceeded to place a noose around his neck. The incident in question garnered considerable media coverage and ignited a broad-based public outcry.

As the investigation continued, concerns were raised regarding the accuracy of Smollett's statements. There were allegations made suggesting that Smollett had planned and coordinated the attack on himself, hiring two individuals to execute it. According to the police, they put forth the assertion that Smollett had orchestrated the incident with the intention of garnering attention and furthering his professional pursuits.

Smollett faced legal consequences in the form of multiple charges of disorderly conduct due to his involvement in filing a false police report. As the case progressed, it attracted more attention and generated controversy. Conflicting narratives emerged, leading to heated debates regarding Smollett's innocence or guilt.


After a thorough investigation, Smollett was formally charged with a crime by a grand jury and subsequently taken into custody by law enforcement officials. In a rather unexpected development, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office decided to drop the charges against him. This decision was made on the condition that he would perform community service and forfeit the bail money he had previously paid. The decision made by the authorities received significant backlash and caused a great deal of controversy. As a result, a special prosecutor was appointed to conduct a thorough re-evaluation of the case.

Continuing with the legal proceedings, in February 2020, Jussie Smollett faced another indictment. This time, he was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct. The charges were based on allegations that he had made false reports to the police. In 2022, the case proceeded to trial, ultimately leading to Smollett's conviction on charges of disorderly conduct. The Illinois Appeals Court's recent decision to uphold Jussie Smollett's conviction contributes to the intricate and ongoing legal narrative surrounding his case.


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