Jussie Smollett Threatened with Sodomy in Jail; Lawyers Seek Immediate Release
The situation 'no doubt reflects the hatred and wish for physical harm'
Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett is facing “dangerous threats” of sodomy in jail, according to his lawyers who are calling for his emergency release.
The 39-year-old former Empire star is facing “vicious threats” on social media, his lawyers added in a new filing, according to a report.
The situation “no doubt reflects the hatred and wish for physical harm toward Smollett which he may experience during incarceration,” his legal team said.
Smollett’s family is also facing harassment, the report said.
The actor’s siblings allegedly received a threat on Friday.
“I hope what they do to that guy in jail — here’s what they’re going to do, right,” an individual can be heard saying in a video of the call distributed by Smollett’s attorneys.
“They’re going to take a broom handle, and take that little [expletive], shove it in there, and he’s gonna go, ‘[shrieking sound],’” he said.
The call alluded to the 1997 attack on Abner Louima, who was sodomized by a police officer with a broomstick, perforating his rectum and bladder.
Smollett was convicted on five counts of felony disorderly conduct stemming from his fabrication of a 2019 hate crime.
The actor was sentenced to a five-month prison sentence in Chicago’s Cook County Jail, and he has been held in a psych ward.
As Neon Nettle reported:
Smollett was 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.”
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.