Wait... Jussie Smollett is out of jail already?

Cook County Sheriff's Office via AP

Convicted hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett’s 150-day jail sentence only lasted six days, at least for now. His lawyers managed to convince an appeals court that he shouldn’t be kept behind bars while they appeal the conviction. They offered a laundry list of excuses as to why he shouldn’t remain locked up, with none of them being very well explained. But the court sided with Smollett and he was turned loose. He was photographed as he left the detention facility without making any comments and he looked surprisingly fit for someone who had supposedly consumed nothing but ice water for almost a week. It was also revealed that he had spent two days in with the general jail population after serving four days under psychiatric evaluation. (Daily Mail)

Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett consumed nothing but ice water during his six days in a Chicago jail, a lawyer claimed as the star was freed to begin his appeal.

Nenye Uche said Smollett had refused food during his stint at Cook County Jail, which ended less than a week into Smollett’s 150 day sentence on Wednesday.

Uche told reporters: ‘Ice water, that’s been his food and liquid. I can only imagine if I was in jail for something I didn’t do, I wouldn’t be eating.’

Smollett did not speak to confirm the claims as he left jail, and looked svelte in a smart black t-shirt and matching pants as he was flanked by bodyguards who walked him to a waiting SUV.

Smollett didn’t confirm the lawyer’s claims about his supposed starvation regimen, but as I said, the video of his release showed him looking surprisingly fit and nimble. It’s true that people can survive for weeks without food if they have a supply of drinking water, but it really takes a toll on you. This really sounds like a case of his legal team once again trying to make Smollett out to be the victim and looking for sympathy from the public. Of course, the guy is an actor, so what did we expect?

The case for having him released included a number of different objections. The first and probably most persuasive to the court was the assertion that the appeal process would likely take longer than the 150 days he was sentenced to, so he would wind up serving the entire term even if he prevailed. That actually happens to many people, but Smollett apparently deserves special consideration in the eyes of the appeals court.

His attorneys also submitted a note from a doctor saying that Smollet has ‘compromised immunity’ and shouldn’t be exposed to potential COVID transmission behind bars. No specifics were offered as to what medical condition is supposedly causing his comprised immunity and one of the prosecutors described the claim as being “factually incorrect” and a “woefully undeveloped argument.”

The defense also claimed that racism and homophobia were involved in Smollett’s sentencing. Apparently, you can’t convict a black, gay person of anything in Chicago, despite an overwhelming abundance of evidence.

Jussie Smollett was just so obviously guilty of hoaxing his own hate crime that I remain shocked at how long he managed to drag out the entire case and trial. And even after he was finally given a fairly modest sentence, he has once again managed to find a way to stage a dramatic moment and be cut loose again. At this point, I’m not going to be terribly shocked if he actually pulls this off and gets his conviction overturned. Sometimes it really pays to have some acting skills, I suppose.