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Jussie Smollett has been moved from a psych ward and right into a jail cell with a mattress, in accordance with his brother, Jocqui Smollett.
Jocqui took to his brother’s official Instagram account early Tuesday with a video message to the previous “Empire” actor’s supporters with a “day 5 replace.”
“So I simply obtained to see him. Just need to give y’all an replace on his standing. Thank you a lot for the help, all of the hashtag #FreeJussie, it is working. He’s now been moved to a brand new jail cell out of the psych ward that has a mattress. Before he was sleeping on a restrained mattress and now he is been moved to a jail cell that really has a mattress. Thank you a lot. That’s actually due to all of the #FreeJussie that is been occurring. It’s all of the strain we’re making use of on Cook County and Cook County Jail,” Jocqui defined.
Jussie’s brother went on to slam Cook County and its jail.
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“Unfortunately, Cook County does not actually transfer till they get dangerous publicity and so we’ve to only preserve making use of strain, y’all. So preserve reposting with #FreeJussie. Keep persevering with to name Cook County Jail checking in on him and preserve saying that you simply imagine he must be free,” Jocqui added.
The former youngster actor known as his brother’s predicament “completely ridiculous.”
“You people want to know that this actually units a precedent. You must be fearful of the precedent this units. This means you could possibly be actually simply be related to two people who lie on you and that is all it takes is their phrase for the state to lock you up. There isn’t any proof linking Jussie to this crime. There is completely no proof, no emails, no letters, no telephone calls, no textual content messages, none of that.”
Jocqui additionally thanked individuals who have despatched Jussie letters to assist preserve him “robust” and “centered.”
“He’s learn all of them and he’ll reply to each single certainly one of them,” Jocqui mentioned.
“Do not be sheep,” the brother warned, together with a message to not take heed to the media.
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Jussie’s Instagram bio now informs his 4.4 million followers that it is run by the Smollett household.
News of Jussie being transferred out of a cell within the psych ward comes simply hours after the actor’s authorized group filed an emergency movement asking a choose for a keep concerning his 150-day sentence and/or to grant the actor bail pending the standing of his court docket enchantment.
“Mr. Smollett has change into the goal of vicious threats within the social media boards which little question displays the hatred and want for bodily hurt in the direction of Smollett which he might expertise throughout incarceration,” the submitting reads. On Monday, TMZ shared alleged “harassing” messages to Smollett’s siblings aimed towards the actor.
“Mr. Smollett anticipates he’ll almost certainly be assigned to segregated incarceration or protecting custody, each euphemisms for solitary confinement; a scenario which may have extraordinary injury on his psychological well being,” the submitting continues. “As a outcome, any custodial setting poses a security and well being hazard to the lifetime of Mr. Smollett.”
Smollett was instantly remanded in Cook County Jail in Illinois following his sentencing listening to. According to a sworn affidavit from a health care provider that was included within the submitting interesting for his launch, Smollett is at the next threat of contracting COVID-19 whereas finishing up his five-month time period attributable to a compromised immune system.
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“I’ve been requested to offer an evaluation concerning whether or not incarcerating Mr. Jussie Smollett in an Illinois jail or jail poses a probably lethal threat to his well being from an epidemiological and medical perspective,” the affidavit of Dr. Michael D. Freeman reads.
“It is my opinion that the incarceration of Mr. Smollett, in jail or jail, poses a considerably elevated threat high his well being,” it states, including that given the very fact as of March 6, the coronavirus pandemic “had brought on greater than 445 million instances and roughly 6 million deaths worldwide, making it the deadliest pandemic in latest historical past,”… “incarceration in a jail or jail setting poses a heightened hazard to Mr. Smollett’s well being when taking his present well being standing, together with compromised immunity, under consideration.”
Over the weekend, Jocqui mentioned he had been moved to the psych ward attributable to “being liable to self-harm.”
“I need to make it clear that he’s by no means, form, or kind liable to self-harm,” Jocqui Smollett mentioned. “He desires to let people know that he’s very secure, he’s very robust, he’s very wholesome and able to tackle the problem that… has been put up towards him.”
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After being ordered into custody to start serving 150 days in jail, the actor addressed the court docket one final time – regardless of the very fact he mentioned previous to having his sentence learn that he had nothing to say.
Smollett stood up and affirmed his innocence in a passionate declaration to Cook County Judge James Linn, saying, “I’m not suicidal.”
“I respect you, your honor,” Smollett mentioned as he positioned his palms collectively in a gesture towards the bench. “I respect your determination. Jail time? I’m not suicidal. … If something occurs to me in there I didn’t do it to myself!”
Smollett was then surrounded by sheriff’s deputies earlier than he was led away from the courtroom – however not earlier than elevating his proper fist within the air on the way in which out.
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Linn additionally sentenced Smollett to 30 months of felony probation. Smollett was additionally ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to town of Chicago.
Fox News’ Julius Young, Janelle Ash and The Associated Press contributed to this report.