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Taraji P Henson Calls For Jussie Smollett’s Release From Jail

Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett

March 14, (THEWILL) – Taraji P. Henson has shown public support for Jussie Smollett, days after the actor was sentenced to 150 days in prison for staging a fake hate crime.

In her post which carries a #FREEJUSSIE hashtag, the award winning actress said:

“I am not here to debate you on his innocence, but we can agree that the punishment does not fit the crime. Emmett Till was brutally beat and ultimately murdered because of a lie and none of the people involved with his demise spent one day in jail, even after Carolyn Bryant admitted that her claims were false. No one was hurt or killed during Jussie’s ordeal. He has already lost everything, EVERYTHING!”

She further argued that for artists, being unable to work at one’s craft is a “prison” of its own. She added that he should be released and placed on house arrest.

“To me as an artist, not able to create, that in itself is punishment enough”, she said.

“He can’t get a job. No one in Hollywood will hire him and again as an artist who loves to create, that is prison. My prayer is that he is freed and put on house arrest and probation because in this case that would seem fair.”

The former Empire actor was sentenced on Thursday, to 30 months of felony probation, including 150 days in jail, and 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.