Jussie Smollett sentenced to  150 days in jail for lying to police in hate crime hoax

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was sentenced Thursday to 30 months of felony probation, including 150 days in jail

Ordered to pay restitution of more than $120,000 and a $25,000 fine for making false reports to police that he was the victim of a hate crime in January 2019.

After the judge announced his sentence, Smollett lowered his face mask and said he was innocent. "Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this

Actor Jussie Smollett found guilty of lying to police in hate crime hoax

Just before he was taken into custody, the actor yelled again that he was innocent and raised a fist in the air.

Cook County Judge James Linn spoke for more than 30 minutes before announcing Smollett's sentence, telling the actor that he wrote the script and picked the actors for the hoax

"There's a side of you that has this arrogance, and selfishness and narcissism that's just disgraceful," the judge said

Celebrities and politicians rushed to defend him publicly, and Chicago police investigated the case as a possible hate crime.