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Jussie Smollett Net Worth: Actor is Set to be Sentenced for Hate Crime Hoax

Jussie Smollett is an American actor and singer with an estimated net worth of just $500,000. He gained prominence for his role in the television series “Empire” for four years from 2015 to 2019.

He is in the news currently as he is scheduled to be sentenced in a Chicago court on Thursday, 10th March. Today’s judgment will be a turning point in his life as everyone is eagerly waiting to see if the judge will lock him up or allow him to remain free.

The 39-Year-old actor might face a maximum sentence of three years in prison for each count however there is a probability that he will be given probation.

Why was Jussie Smollett convicted?

He was convicted last year by a Cook County Circuit Court jury for incorrectly reporting to police that he was the victim of a hate crime. He was found guilty of five of the six felony disorderly conduct counts and acquitted on the sixth count.

Police confirmed that as part of the hoax, Smollett gave money to Nigerian-American brothers to tie a noose around his neck and pour bleach on him on 29 January 2019. It is expected that his attorneys first try to convince the judge to set aside the guilty verdict.

Jussie Smollett Net Worth, Investments and More

Here are other details about the American actor’s life including his career, investments, and more. Read on!

Early Life

Justin Smollett, also known as Jussie was born in the year 1982 in Santa Rosa, California. He has five siblings. His family relocated to New York City when he was just two years. Smollett studied at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey.

Acting Career

Smollett started working as a child model in New York City. He then transitioned to being an extra on the sets of movies shot in New York, like “Mo’ Better Blues” and “New Jack City” released in the year 1990 & 1991 respectively.

He then got the opportunity to work in films like “The Mighty Ducks” (1992) and “North” (1994). He featured in the ABC sitcom series “On Our Own” from 1994 to 1995.

He was out of the media glare until 2012 when he made his comeback to the big screen with the LGBTQ romantic comedy-drama “The Skinny” portraying the role of the lead character Magnus. He also appeared as a guest star on an episode of the show “The Mindy Project” in 2012.

He was later featured in an episode of “Revenge” in 2014. Smollett performed the role of Jamal Lyon, a gay musician in the Fox drama “Empire” which was appreciated by the audience. He appeared on the first five seasons of the show, however, his appearances were deleted from the last two episodes of the fifth season due to the Chicago “attack” controversy.

While he was working on the “Empire” project, he simultaneously appeared in the show “Underground” along with his younger sister Jurnee Smollett.

Real Estate Investment

Smollett purchased a house in Los Angeles in 2016 for $1.687 million which was later sold in 2019 at a $30,000 loss.

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  1. This “person”, term lightly used, not only broke the laws of this country, but in a time in our history when tempers were already extremely high due to political antics, this loser caused our country to go backwards in race relations due to his lying about what really took place. His supposed charitable acts to schools in the area make no difference to this country. This piece of ….nit only deserves prison, I would love to see him placed on a block with actual racists so he now will see what it’s like to get his face punched in only for the fact of just what he tried to do and nit because he likes to touch boys.

  2. Eff this a-hole. Didn’t get enough time. Pulled the race card which is so worn out. Yes he was setup, by himself! What a total idiot. He’s proven to be a chronic and habitual liar. I hope he has to give up ass in prison every night!

  3. To the 3 disgusting, UNBELIEVABLY IGNORANT and racist non-humans above. This PERSON was framed by the MOST corrupt and racist police department in the country. There is NO REAL EVIDENCE, ONLY FABRICATED! The word of two men threatened and abused by the CPD’s standard MO, AND given total immunity for lying plus fabricated videos, shot BY the card carrying kkk pigs in the CPD, AFTER allowing THOSE men to walk TOTALLY FREE (after confessing to a crime) so that they could act in their frame up videos.

    The ONLY thing that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) excels at – is lies, framing and falsely accusing people. Do you EVER read actual news?


    A petition against massive members of the CPD, not to mention Eddie Johnson and Raul Emanuel, the former police chief and mayor of Chicago, is being written AS I WRITE. ✍️

    They are being PROVABLY accused of filing hundreds of false police reports, and costing Chicago taxpayers millions upon millions upon millions of dollars! Not even to mention leaving the streets TOTALLY UNSAFE by not doing their actual jobs, while they lock up the wrong and innocent people for murder etc!!! Letting the guilty roam free to recommit and recommit and recommit.

    So Jussie was found guilty by an, at the very least, stupid duped jury eh? Won’t be the first or last time. BUT his bogus sentencing sets a new precedence.

    This MAN had helped more people before this incident then any of you Yahoos will in a lifetime. He has not been proven to be ANYTHING but someone that the act he was convicted of would be TOTALLY AND UNBELIEVABLY OUT OF CHARACTER FOR.


    BTW I am a Caucasian, but not an idiot or an ignoramus or a racist!

  4. I’m curious as to why you would think he was framed? Seriously, I mean nobody even heard of him prior to this situation. And do you always call people you disagree with “racist” because THAT seems very unintelligent. Your response says more about you than those you targeted! Did you actually WATCH this Jussie thing play out? He was going to subway in the middle of the night? Alone? In Chicago? With his money? 13 FELONIES originally dropped? None of this seems questionable to you? Personally I couldn’t care less ……I’m just fascinated by those who resort to name calling because another person has a different opinion!


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