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Jussie Smollett’s bond set at $100,000, judge calls charges ‘despicable’ (Prosecutor Discusses Smollett Case After Judge Sets Bond) LIVE

Prosecutors say Jussie Smollett paid two men, including a close friend who worked alongside him on the Fox drama “Empire,” to help him stage a fake attack he later framed as a racist and homophobic hate crime.

The actor’s bond was set at $100,000 at a court hearing Thursday afternoon, during which Cook County Circuit Court Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. also directed Smollett to surrender his passport. Risa Lanier, chief of the prosecution bureau for the Cook County State’s Attorney office, outlined the state’s case against Smollett after the hearing.


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