Beyonce’s mom, Tina Knowles, says Jussie Smollett should be treated ‘with compassion’ during sentencing

Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, believes that Jussie Smollett should be treated with “mercy” during sentencing.

The actor was convicted of five counts of disorderly conduct for lying to Chicago police about being subjected to an anti-gay racist attack near his home in downtown Chicago. The 39-year-old maintains his innocence, and his lawyer has said he will appeal the verdict.

And while the charges are likely to carry up to three years in prison, legal experts said the former “Empire” star is unlikely to get a jail sentence for petty felonies. Instead, they believe he is more likely to be sentenced to probation and ordered to perform community service.

Knowles took to Instagram on Monday and posted a screenshot of an article about the issue. He also cites the case of Amy Cooper, a white woman who was arrested last year for calling 911 on blackbird watching in Central Park in New York City.

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Tina Knowles has spoken out about the Jussie Smollett affair with her 3.2 million followers on Instagram.
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Her criminal case was dismissed in February after she completed a diversion counseling program that prosecutors said was aimed at educating her about the harm caused by her actions. Assistant District Attorney Joanne Eluzzi-Urbon said that Manhattan prosecutors were satisfied with Cooper’s participation in the program and did not seek to pursue the case further.

“The article says they were both wrong but Josie faces potential prison sentence and Amy Cooper the woman who called the police and lied about a black man who was bird watching in Central Park was trying to attack her,” captioned the 67-year-old photo.

“Resulting in a possible arrest of the man as in the history of black men in custody could have led to his death!!” I participated. “Amy Cooper has been discharged from public service. We’ll see the result of this for this black man. Will he get the same sympathy as Amy Cooper?”

Knowles said she does not condone Smollett’s actions. However, I wondered if his race would eventually lead to harsher judgments.

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Tina Knowles is the mother of superstar Beyoncé.

Tina Knowles is the mother of superstar Beyoncé.
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“I do not condone what Mr. Smollett was found guilty of,” the mother wrote. “I’m just asking would he get the same sympathy and understanding for intentionally lying to the police.”

It also cited 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of all charges in November after he testified in self-defense in the Kenosha shooting. This ruling was met with anger and disappointment among those who saw Rittenhouse as a vigilante and wishing policeman.

Rittenhouse was originally charged with murder, attempted murder and reckless endangerment for killing two men and wounding a third with an AR semi-automatic rifle in the summer of 2020 during a tumultuous night of protests over the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake. , by White Kenosha Police Officer.

Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old former police student, said he went to Kenosha to protect property from rioters, but was attacked and feared for his life. He is white, like those he shot.


Actor Jussie Smollett maintains his innocence.

Actor Jussie Smollett maintains his innocence.
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“Kyle Rittenhouse went free after killing two people because the jury was sympathetic?” Knowles asked.

The lawsuits that were pending pending the outcome of the criminal case related to Smollett may now proceed. They include a lawsuit brought by the City of Chicago against Smollett to recover more than $130,000 she spent investigating what police initially believed was a horrific hate crime.

Judge James Lane set a post-trial hearing for January 27 and said he would set Smollett’s sentencing date at a later date.

As for Smollett, he is not likely to start a successful career in Hollywood anytime soon. After prosecutors said the alleged attack was a hoax, Smollett lost his role in The Empire. He later told the jurors, “I lost my livelihood.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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