Jussie Smollett Court Arrival Prompts Entourage, Media Member Skirmish

Actor Jussie Smollett arrived at court with his entourage, which resulted in a skirmish involving his bodyguards and members of the media.

In a video posted to social media, Smollett and three other people can be seen with their arms interlocked as they head toward the courthouse in Chicago. Three bodyguards are spotted walking in front of the group as photographers and other members of the media crowd around.

Early in the video, one of the bodyguards can be heard ordering the media members to "make a hole, make a hole." The next second, one of the bodyguards is heard asking someone to "back up, please."

Someone then throws a question at Smollett, asking "You're about to meet your fate, do you have anything to say?" Smollett doesn't appear to answer the question.

One of the bodyguards continues demanding that the group "back up" and "make a hole" as the group continues to make their way to the doors. For several seconds, someone can be heard saying "appreciate you, appreciate you."

Then someone, very lightly, says, "Hey, man don't push me." Moments later, there appears to be some type of commotion off the screen. One of the three bodyguards turns his attention in that area and appears to extend his arm.

A loud thump is heard and someone immediately says, "You just knocked a man over!" A man with a camera can be seen on the ground as a second man, holding what appears to be a microphone, helps pull him up, back onto his feet.

Smollett's entourage doesn't stop to check on the man but instead continues walking toward the door.

The bodyguards continue telling people to back up and one person is heard saying, "Please, I'm walking. Please!"

Just before the group gets to the doors, there appears to be another slight skirmish as Smollett's entourage and media members seem to become entangled.

Someone says, "Excuse me, excuse me. Stop it!" A second person responds with "stop pushing!"

Then someone else is heard saying, "You guys are pushing us."

The actor and his entourage eventually make it into the building as one bodyguard is heard ordering someone to "go in" and then says, "close the door."

It's unclear if the man who was seen on the ground had sustained any injuries.

The Empire actor was at court Thursday to learn his sentence after he was found guilty of five counts of lying about a hate crime in December 2021. Smollett's conviction and sentence stem from a January 2019 alleged hate crime, which Smollett claimed to have been the victim, and which turned out to be a hoax.

In addition to his sentence, the City of Chicago was also suing the actor. The Windy City was going after Smollett for $130,000, looking to get back the money spent investigating his false claim.

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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building for his sentencing hearing on March 10, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois. Jussie Smollett and his entourage were involved in a skirmish with media as they arrived at the courthouse Thursday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Scott Olson/Getty Images