Jussie Smollett has been assigned a bed in the psych ward of Chicago’s Cook County Jail where he’s serving a five-month sentence. His brother claims he doesn’t belong in the ward.
On Saturday (March 12), Jocqui Smollett, took to his brother’s Instagram page to claim his brother’s innocence and vouch for his sanity.
"So Jussie is currently in a psych ward at the Cook County Jail,” Jocqui said in the IG video. “What's very concerning is that there was a note attached to his paperwork today saying that he's at risk of self-harm."
Jocqui then dives into the false claim 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."
A law enforcement source tells TMZ that Smollett remains in the psych ward because it serves as a safe haven for other high-profile inmates.
Smollett is serving five-months in prison after a conviction for a hate crime hoax. In addition to the jail time, he will have to pay $130,000 in restitution and serve out 30 months of probation. During that time span, he is not to leave the state of Illinois.
Smollett, 39, began serving his 150-day sentence on Thursday (March 11). After learning of his fate the previous day (March 10), Smollett lowered his mask and stated his innocence, adding, “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this.”
He then took his eyes off the judge and turned to the people of the court to say, “And I am not suicidal,” he said according to CNN. “And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do this to myself. And you must all know that.”