Convicted Empire star Jussie Smollett moved to psychiatric ward after incarceration

"I did not do this and I am not suicidal... And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that," Smollett said.
Actor Jussie Smollett listens as his sentence is read at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, in Chicago, Illinois, US.

Actor Jussie Smollett listens as his sentence is read at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, in Chicago, Illinois, US.

[Brian Cassella/Pool via Reuters]

Two days after being jailed for staging a hate crime, Empire actor, Jussie Smollett, has reportedly been moved to a psychiatric ward.

WuzupNigeria reported that Smollett who shot into the limelight by playing 'Jamal Lyon' in Fox's American musical drama television series, Empire, was sentenced to almost five months in prison.

The 39-year-old African-American was found guilty on five of the six charges he faced for lying about being a victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime in 2019.

Prosecutors are convinced he himself staged the incident in a bid to help his career.

However, in an Instagram video shared on Smollett’s account, his brother Jacqui Smollett, told the actor's fans that he has been moved to a 'psych ward'.

Meanwhile, a law enforcement source told TMZ that Jussie was in the psych ward is because it’s also the area where high-profile inmates are housed.

<div class="paragraphs"><p><strong>Jussie Smollett, the actor, pronounced his innocence and a concern for his safety before beginning his five-month sentence at a Chicago jail.</strong></p></div>

Jussie Smollett, the actor, pronounced his innocence and a concern for his safety before beginning his five-month sentence at a Chicago jail.

Credit...Pool photo by Brian Cassella/EPA, via Shutterstock

During his conviction, Jussie had maintained innocence, saying - "...I did not do this and I am not suicidal... And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that."

However, Jacqui raised concern after discovering a note attached to his paperwork on the front of his jail cell (at Cook County Jail) saying he’s at risk of self-harm."

Although prison officials were said to have raised concerns about his mental health, Jacqui maintained that his bother is mentally fit, insisting that Jussie "never should have been in jail".

Jacqui also argued that Jussie was "innocent" and "he was attacked" in 2019.

He said, "I just want to make it clear to folks that he is in no way shape or form. He wants to let folks know that he is very stable, very strong and healthy, and ready to take on the challenge that has ultimately been put up against him.

"This is not right, this is completely [a] lack of justice, it’s angering, it’s an outrage, but he also knows what he needs to do. He wants to make sure folks understand that whatever… assumptions they may be making, I don’t know why they even have him in a psych ward, we still have not gotten clear answers there.

"They’ve recently added to his documentation that he’s at risk of harming himself, that is absolutely not true.’

"Even if you don’t believe in his innocence, you should believe that he should be free. He should not be in jail under any circumstances.

"Remember Jussie is strong… he understands what he is up against and that he needs to be focused."

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