Jussie Smollett Could Be Facing Return to Jail After Disorderly Conduct Conviction Upheld in Court

In an interview with Sway in June of last year, Smollett maintained his innocence.

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Jussie Smollett is pictured

Jussie Smollett’s disorderly conduct conviction has been upheld in court.

Per a report from CBS2 News in Chicago, this means Smollett will likely be required to serve his prior 150-day jail sentence, unless, of course, the Supreme Court moves to reverse the Illinois Appeals Court decision.

As for what's next, Smollett's legal team now has an opportunity to appeal the court's decision.

In March 2022, the Empire actor was released after spending six nights in jail. By March of this year, Smollett's legal team was asking for a new trial, arguing that "instances of prosecutorial misconduct were clear and egregious" in the case. Several months later, Smollett checked into rehab.

Smollett was found guilty of multiple counts of disorderly conduct in December 2021, more than two years after the allegedly staged hate crime incident kicked off years of coverage on the ensuing case.

During a Sway in the Morning appearance last June, Smollett again insisted he was innocent.

“If I had done this, I’d be a piece of shit. … That’s not really questionable,” he said at the time, then just months removed from his former Empire collaborator's Taraji P. Henson's public show of support.

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