Jussie Smollett attends Atlanta Black Pride Weekend Pure Heat Community Festival at Piedmont Park on September 4, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Where Is Jussie Smollett Now? He Asked the Supreme Court to Overturn His Conviction

Jussie Smollett went MIA following his controversial court case. He's what he is doing now as well as the latest update on his legal standing.


Mar. 18 2024, Published 7:46 p.m. ET

Actor and celebrated activist Jussie Smollett impressed all of us when he took on the role of fictional character Jamal Lyon in the iconic series Empire. Not only did the California native garner fans for his impressive acting on screen but people were also enthralled by the causes he supported.

However, in recent years, Jussie has been embroiled in controversy and has kept a lower profile because of it. Naturally, this has piqued the curiosity of his fans. So, what is Jussie Smollett doing now? Here's the latest on the actor — including details about his legal status.

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Jussie Smollett attends the Trevor Live Los Angeles Gala 2018, in Beverly Hills, California.

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What is Jussie Smollett doing now?

For those who have kept tabs on the timeline of Jussie’s legal woes over the last few years, his legal issues stem back to January 2019 when the actor reported to the authorities that he had been a victim of a racially motivated and homophobic attack in Chicago.

Later, a jury — and the court of public opinion — found that Jussie had made the whole thing up. In a swift turn of events, Jussie was convicted on five counts of disorderly conduct.

Jussie’s legal team ultimately reached an agreement with prosecutors to drop the charges in exchange for a $10,000 bond and community service.

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Jussie Smollett attends Leighton Criminal Court with his attorney Tina Glandian.

According to public court records, the actor filed an appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court to review the upheld conviction. Apparently, the actor's legal team is making efforts to seek intervention from the Supreme Court of Illinois against the judge's decision in the case.

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According to TMZ, his appeal comes on the heels of his five-month stint at an undisclosed location in an outpatient program, where he had been working on his mental health. The actor has maintained a very quiet profile online but is rumored to have a few different projects in the works.

What happened to Jussie Smollett, anyway? Details on the controversy.

When Jussie took to social media with news that he had been attacked, he got an outpour of support from celebrities and fans; however, as the Chicago Police Department continued to investigate, it became evident that there was something off about Jussies’s story.

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Later, news broke that Smollett had orchestrated the attack himself, leading to his arrest on charges of filing a false police report. Jussie's associates — two brothers — told the police that Jussie had paid them to stage the entire thing.

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Actor and activist Jussie Smollett at an event.

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The truth eventually spread like wildfire on social media, inspiring satirical memes, dividing fans, and casting a shadow on Jussie's career and reputation.

Even though it seemed like the dust had settled, a year later, Jussie was charged again, and his conviction was upheld.

While some fans were rooting for Jussie, others felt that he deserved to face the consequences of his actions. Fans have continued to have ongoing debates and are still divided about Jussie Smollett's legal saga.

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