Jussie Smollett believes he went to jail because he is Black.
The Empire star allegedly told his defense team before sentencing that he expected to be given jail time due to the color of his skin, sources told TMZ.
The judge sentenced Smollett to 5 months in county jail and 30 months of probation. He must also pay the city of Chicago $120,000 in restitution and a $25,000 fine for staging a hate crime.
His brother posted a video alleging the star has been placed in a psych ward.
“Jussie is currently in a psych ward at the Cook County Jail,” Jocqui Smollett said in a video posted to the Empire actor’s Instagram. “What’s very concerning is that there was a note attached to his paperwork today and put on the front of his jail cell saying that he’s 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 of self-harm. And 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 ultimately has been put up against him.”
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