Actor Jussie Smollett is appealing his 2021 disorderly conduct conviction, and the Illinois Supreme Court is set to hear his case.

According to The Associated Press, the high court accepted Smollett’s appeal. There currently is no date set for the Illinois Supreme Court to hear Jussie’s appeal, per the outlet. 

Smollett filed a petition on Feb. 5, requesting the Illinois high court intervene in his ongoing legal drama. The “Empire” actor’s conviction for a staged hate crime was upheld in December.

A jury previously found Smollett guilty on five of the six charges of disorderly conduct after a nearly two-week trial in 2021. Smollett, who is Black and gay, reported to Chicago police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two men wearing ski masks in January 2019.

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Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail following his conviction. The actor was also sentenced to 30 months felony probation, restitution to the city of Chicago in the amount of $120,106 and a fine of $25,000.

Jussie Smollett booking photo from jail

The “Empire” actor wants the conviction overturned. 

“What should have been a straightforward case has been complicated by the intersection of politics and public outrage,” Smollett’s attorneys wrote in the court filing in February.

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They repeated an argument from previous appeals saying his 2021 trial violated his Fifth Amendment protections against double jeopardy, or being punished twice for the same crime. 

They said he already performed community service and forfeited a $10,000 bond as part of a 2019 deal with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office to drop the initial 16 counts of disorderly conduct.

Jussie Smollett in court

Smollett’s legal team is arguing that the state breached a “nolle prose agreement,” or non-prosecution agreement, by indicting him again in the hate crime hoax. 

In the agreement, Smollett had been told he could perform community service and forfeit his bond, and the case would be dismissed — similar to a deferred prosecution. Instead, a grand jury restored the charges in 2020, and he was later convicted.

Fox News Digital’s Lauryn Overhultz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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