Jussie Smollet was placed in a psychiatric ward at Cook County Jail, according to his brother.
Thursday, the old “EmpireThe star was sentenced to 150 days in Cook County Jail after being found guilty of lying about being the victim of a hate crime.
After his sentencing, Jussie addressed the court saying:
I am not suicidal. I am innocent and I am not suicidal.
If I did that, it means I put my fist into the fears of black Americans in this country for over 400 years and the fears of the LGBTQ community.
Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I didn’t do this.
And I’m not suicidal.
If anything happens to me when I walk in there, I didn’t do it to myself and you all should know about it!
Saturday, Jussie’s brother, Jocqui Smolletposted a video update on Instagram informing the public that the actor had been placed in a psychiatric ward because they claimed he was at risk of self-harm.
Jussie is currently in a psychiatric department at the Cook County Jail.
What is very disturbing is that there was a note attached to his papers today and placed outside his jail cell stating that he was at risk of self-harm.
I just want to make people understand that he is in no way at risk of self-harm.
And he wants to let people know that he’s very stable, he’s very strong, he’s very healthy and ready for the challenge that’s finally been given to him.
Watch the video below.
Jussie’s sister, Jurnee Smolletalso wrote on Instagram:
Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at almost five times the rate of white Americans.
Jussie is innocent.
And… you don’t have to believe in his innocence to believe he should be free.
See its original Publish below.
Regardless of his guilt or innocence, I pray for Jussie Smollett’s safety as he serves his sentence.