Jussie Smollett was released from the Cook County Jail on Thursday afternoon after paying a $100,000 bond — fewer than two hours since he appeared in court on felony disorderly-conduct charges.
Smollett, who had turned himself in to police around 5 a.m., was ushered out of the jail around 3:45 p.m. with corrections officers, his lawyers and a large bodyguard who attempted to shroud him from a massive crowd of media waiting for his release.
Officers pushed members of the media out of the way to make safe passage for Smollett amid a scrum of network cameramen and reporters.
The “Empire” star — charged with staging a hate crime and then filing a false police report about it, claiming he was the victim — entered into a waiting black SUV, where his family was inside, as reporters shouted questions. Smollett did not answer.
The “Empire” actor faces one to three years in prison if convicted of the charge.