Judge orders Jussie Smollett be released from jail during appeal

Jussie Smollett will be released from Chicago's Cook County Jail as he appeals his conviction. The news comes less than a week after the former Empire star was sentenced to 150 days behind bars for lying to police about staging his own hate crime in 2019. It's the latest twist in a bizarre, three-year legal saga for Smollett.

According to reports, Smollett will pay a $150,000 bond in order to walk free. It's unclear exactly when he will be released. Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to the actor's team for comment, but a message on his social media page declared the ruling a "huge win in what will be a longer road ahead."

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