Jussie Smollett Placed in Psych Ward after Declaring He Is ‘Not Suicidal’
Jussie’s brother confirmed he was transferred to the psych ward
Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett has been placed in the psychiatric ward at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois, after declaring he was not suicidal.
Jocqui Smollett, Jussie’s brother, confirmed he was transferred to the psych ward due to him “being at risk of self-harm.”
Jocqui also shared a video on Saturday saying that this was “very concerning” to him.
"What’s very concerning is that there was a note attached to his paperwork today saying that he’s at risk of self-harm.”
"I want to make it clear that he is in no way, shape, or form at risk of self-harm.
"He wants to let folks know that he is very stable, he is very strong, he is very healthy and ready to take on the challenge that... has been put up against him," he added.
Jocqui warned against the media and others spreading “false information.”
“So please, make sure you all spreading facts. We really need our people to support us,” he said.
Smollett began his 150-day jail sentence in protective custody.
Jussie began a 150-day jail sentence for staging a hate crime against himself in protective custody, separated from other detainees, and watched by security cameras and an officer, jail authorities said Friday.
As Fox News reported:
Sheriff’s deputies immediately took Smollett to the Cook County Jail Thursday night after Judge James Linn sentenced the Black and gay actor to 30 months of felony probation, starting with a five-month term in jail, for lying to police that he had been the target of a racist and homophobic attack.
In a statement on Friday, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Jussie is being held in protective custody, typical for inmates “who may potentially be at risk of harm due to the nature of their charges, their professions, or their noteworthy status.”
Jussie Smollett’s attorney said the actor is concerned he’ll die behind bars and likened his situation to Jeffrey Epstein’s mysterious hanging death in federal custody.
As The New York Post reported:
Moments after Judge James Linn told Smollett on Thursday evening he’d be spending five months at the Cook County jail for lying to police, he bizarrely began shouting to the court that he was “not suicidal,” repeating the remark over and over again.
“I did not do this and I am not suicidal and if anything happens to me when I go there, I did not do it to myself and you must all know that,” Smollett, 39, bellowed to the court as he was led away by sheriff’s deputies.
“Your honor, I respect you and I respect your decision, but I did not do this and I am not suicidal.”
“If anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself, and you must all know that.”
When asked about the comments Thursday night, Smollett’s lead attorney Nenye Uche said they were made “for a specific reason.”
“I don’t want people to think, well, is he going crazy? Why is he yelling ‘I’m not suicidal’? He was doing it for a specific reason because, let’s be honest, we have the Epstein situation, where he was found dead in his jail even in protective custody,” Uche told reporters.
“What Mr. Smollett was concerned about was, what if he turns up dead in protective custody? He doesn’t want people to think he killed himself,” he continued.