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Jussie Smollett's Brother Reveals He's in Jail Psych Ward and Was Labeled at Risk for 'Self-Harm'

Jussie Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail for staging a fake hate crime in January 2019. Smollett's sentencing hearing and had the outcome that he expected. As he was being hauled off to jail, he proclaimed his innocence, shouted that he was not suicidal, and raised his fist repeatedly.

Despite Smollett's defiance, he was treated like the other Cook County Jail inmates and taken into custody. His brother, Jocqui, says the 39-year-old is being held in the jail's psychiatric ward as his paperwork indicates he's at risk for "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.”

While Smollett was being led out of court, he clearly expressed concern for his safety. As he stated plainly, if anything happened to him in jail, he did not cause it.

TMZ reported law enforcement explained the reason he's in the psychiatric ward is because it houses high-profile inmates. However, it seems Jocqui has a different perspective.

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