Jussie Smollett was released from the custody of Chicago police Thursday afternoon (Feb. 21) after posting $100,000 bail.

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The Empire star looked pathetic as he did the walk of shame from Cook County jail and was swarmed by the media before leaving in a black SUV.

According to TMZ, during his arrest, Smollett told police he has a drug problem that’s never been treated, which could become relevant later in the case because cops said Jussie bought ecstasy from Abel Olundairo.

“IF he were convicted, a drug issue could be a mitigating factor that gets his sentenced reduced,” TMZ reported.

Smollett turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning after he was indicted on a felony charge of disorderly conduct for filing a police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs at him and looped a rope around his neck.

It was later revealed that the actor paid two men $3,500 to help him stage the attack because he was unhappy with his Empire salary.

Jussie Smollett faces up to three years in jail if convicted.

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