Jussie Smollett moved from psych ward to jail cell with bed, brother Jocqui says

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Jussie Smollet was transferred from a psychiatric ward to a prison cell with a bed, according to his brother, Jocqui Smollett.

Jocqui took to his brother’s official Instagram account on Tuesday with a video message to the former “Empire” actor’s supporters with a “fifth day update.”

“So I just saw him. Just want to give you an update on his status. Thank you so much for the support, the whole hashtag #FreeJussie, it works. He has now been moved to a new jail cell outside the psych ward that has a bed. He used to sleep on an immobilized bed and now he’s been moved to a jail cell that actually has a bed. Thank you very much. It’s really because of all the #FreeJussie that’s going on That’s all the pressure we put on Cook County and the Cook County Jail,” Jocqui explained.

Jussie’s brother went on to criticize Cook County and its jail.


Actor Jussie Smollett speaks to Judge James Linn after his sentence was read at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.
(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

“Unfortunately Cook County isn’t really budging until it gets some bad publicity so we need to keep the pressure on y’all. So keep reposting with #FreeJussie. Keep calling the county jail Cook to see it and keep saying you believe it should be free,” Jocqui added.

The former child actor called his brother’s predicament “absolutely ridiculous”.

“You have to understand that it really does set a precedent. You should be terrified of the precedent it sets. It means you could literally just be associated with two people lying to you and that’s all it takes, that is their word for the state. There is no evidence linking Jussie to this crime. There is absolutely no evidence, no emails, no letters, no phone calls, no text messages, none of that.

Jocqui also thanked the people who sent letters to Jussie to help him stay “strong” and “focused”.

“He’s read them all and he’s going to respond to every single one of them,” Jocqui said.

“Don’t be sheep,” the brother warned, along with a message not to listen to the media.


Jussie’s Instagram biography now informs her 4.4 million followers that she is run by the Smollett family.

News of Jussie being moved out of a cell in the psychiatric ward comes just hours after the actor’s legal team filed an emergency motion asking a judge to suspend his 150-day sentence and/or to grant the actor bail pending the status of his appeal in court.

“Mr. Smollett has become the target of vicious threats on social media forums, which no doubt reflects the hatred and desire for physical violence towards Smollett that he may experience while incarcerated,” the filing states. Monday, TMZ shared alleged “harassment” messages to Smollett’s siblings aimed at the actor.

“Mr. Smollett anticipates that he will most likely be assigned to separate incarceration or protective custody, both euphemisms for solitary confinement; a situation that could have extraordinary damage to his mental health,” the filing continues. “As a result, any prison environment poses a danger to Mr. Smollett’s safety and health.”

Smollett was immediately held in Cook County Jail in Illinois after his sentencing hearing. According to a sworn affidavit from a doctor that was included in the filing seeking his release, Smollett is at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 while serving his five-month sentence due to a weakened immune system. .


“I have been asked to provide an analysis to determine whether Mr. Jussie Smollett’s incarceration in an Illinois jail or jail poses a life-threatening risk to his health from an epidemiological and medical perspective,” reads the affidavit of Dr. Michael D. Freeman.

“I am of the opinion that the incarceration of Mr. Smollett, in prison or in prison, presents a considerably increased risk to his health,” he said, adding that in view of the fact that as of March 6, the coronavirus pandemic “had caused more than 445 million cases and approximately 6 million deaths worldwide, making it the deadliest pandemic in recent history”…” incarceration in a prison or institution prison poses an increased danger to Mr. Smollett’s health when considering his current state of health, including compromised immunity.”

Old "Empire" Actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty of lying to police when he reported that two masked men physically assaulted him, shouting racist and anti-gay remarks near his Chicago home in 2019. Smollett has was convicted on five of the six charges against him.

Former ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett has been found guilty of lying to police when he reports two masked men physically assaulted him, shouting racist and anti-gay slurs near his home of Chicago in 2019. Smollett was convicted on five of the six counts against him. .
(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Over the weekend, Jocqui said he was moved to the psychiatric ward due to “a risk of self-harm”.

“I want to make it clear that he is in no way at risk of self-harm,” Jocqui Smollett said. “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…has been thrown at him.”


After being taken into police custody to begin serving 150 days in prison, the actor addressed the court one last time – despite saying before his sentence was read that he would not had nothing to say.

Smollett stood up and asserted his innocence in an impassioned statement to Cook County Judge James Linn, saying, “I’m not suicidal.”

“I respect you, your honor,” Smollett said, clasping his hands in a gesture toward the bench. “I respect your decision. In jail? I’m not suicidal. …If anything happens to me in this, I didn’t do it to myself!”

Smollett was then surrounded by sheriff’s deputies before being led out of the courtroom – but not before raising his right fist in the air as he walked out.


Linn also sentenced Smollett to 30 months felony probation. Smollett was also ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the City of Chicago.

Fox News’ Julius Young, Janelle Ash and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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