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Jussie Smollett Released From Jail, Appeal Of His Conviction Pending

Written by: Khalif Thompson

Jussie Smollett has been freed from Cook County Jail after less than a week in custody as he appeals his conviction for orchestrating a hate crime and filing a fabricated story.

According to our sources, Smollett was released from the jail on Wednesday night after the appeals court agreed with his legal team that he should be released pending his appeal of his conviction.

Jussie Smollett was quickly escorted into Cook County Jail after being sentenced by a Cook County Judge last week. Smollett was released after posting a $150,000 personal recognizance bond. At the bonding out, no money was given.

Smollett was released from prison at 8 p.m., surrounded by security and his family. There has been no word on where Smollett would spend his time while awaiting his appeal.

During his incarceration, it was reported that Smollett refused to eat anything and only drank water.

According to Smollett's legal team, he sobbed when he learnt he would be released.

"He pushed his hands on the glass, and he was, his eyes got teary, and I've never seen that, because he's been very strong in there," attorney Nenye Uche explained. "'I nearly lost hope in our constitutional system,' he remarked."

Smollett was convicted of five felony charges of disorderly behavior in December. Smollett would only have to serve 75 of the 150-day sentence if he behaved well during his sentencing.

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