Jussie Smollett is being held in the psychiatric ward at a Chicago jail.
The 39-year-old Empire actor, who is currently at the Cook County Jail after being sentenced to 150 days in prison for staging a hate crime, was put into the psych ward over concerns that he is a self-harm risk.
His brother, Jocqui Smollett, who is angry about the development, expressed outrage on Instagram, writing: “What’s very concerning is that there was a note attached to the paperwork today, and it said on the front of his jail cell … that he is at risk of self-harm.
“I want to just make it clear to folks that he is in no way shape or form at risk to self-harm and he wants to let folks know that, that he is very stable, he is very strong, he is very healthy and ready to take on the challenge that ultimately has been put up against him.
“This is not right. This is complete lack of justice. It’s angering, it’s an outrage.”
After Jussie Smollett was sentenced to jail last week, he yelled to the courtroom that he was not suicidal and would not kill himself while in custody. He added that if anything happens to him in jail, it should be known that he did not do it to himself. The statement was seen as a nod to other inmates like Jeffrey Epstein and John McAfee, who both allegedly committed suicide while incarcerated.