Last night, actor Jussie Smollett got his wish to be released when the judge granted him a $150,000 bond pending an appeal. The release was five days after the former Empire star got sentenced for hoaxing a hate crime.

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Smollett Comes Home… For Now

Last night, actor Jussie Smollett was released from prison on bond after serving five days of his 5-month sentence for a hate crime hoax. The bond was $150,000, and Smollett will be able to stay free pending an appeal. 

Smollett’s attorney Nenye Uche, Esq. praised the order, announcing the 1st District in Illinois ordered Smollett to be released from jail immediately. 

“We told the appeals court that pending the appeal Jussie, ought to be released because quite frankly the case sucks and is bogus against him. And they released him, and that says a lot about what the appeals court thinks of this case. Now we still have a long battle ahead of us and everyone should please pray, we need to fight, we need the support we got, everyone helped in this spot, all the calls of support, the sharing on social media everyone contributed to this big win today.”

Jussie emerged triumphantly from the jail surrounded by his family and supporters as he pressed through news media to his awaiting vehicle. The star was wearing only a black t-shirt, black pants and a face mask and was carrying a plastic garbage bag full of his belongings.

Broken Silence

Support for actor Jussie Smollett has recently risen since the silence that followed his sentencing on Friday. Taraji P. Henson and siblings Jurnee and Jocqi Smollett have since rallied fans to his defense. 

The former Empire star was released from the prison psych ward thanks to supporters demanding his release and a doctor who said Smollett’s immune system made him a high risk for contracting COVID-19.

Taraji P. Henson Compares Jussie Smollett To Emmett Till

Actress Taraji P. Henson broke her silence about the trial of her TV son, Jussie Smollett. Henson posted on Instagram with an attached image with the hashtag #FREEJUSSIE. She said, “I am not here to debate you on his innocence but we can all agree that the punishment does not fit the crime.” 

She went as far as comparing the situation to the horrific attack on Emmett Till, saying “Emmett Till was brutally beat and murdered because of a lie and none of the people involved spent one day in jail.”