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Juicy SmollettThe cast tries to get the actor out of prison while his appeal is being heard. His lawyers have submitted court papers indicating the idea that he is in danger as long as he is behind bars.
In an emergency motion, billed as an “agenda statement,” filed on Friday and obtained by Fox News Digital on Monday, lawyers for the former “Empire” star, 39, are asking the judge for a stay of 150-day and/or to grant the actor bail in Waiting for his appeal to the court.
“Mr. Smollett has become the target of vicious threats on social media forums that undoubtedly reflect the hatred and desire for physical harm toward Smollett that he may be subjected to while in prison,” the filing said. on Monday, TMZ Sharing of alleged “harassment” messages from Smollett’s siblings directed at the actor.
“Mr. Smollett likely expects that he will be assigned to separate custody or protective custody, both of which are euphemisms for solitary confinement; a situation which could have extraordinary detriment to his mental health,” the lawsuit continues. “As a consequence, any place of detention poses a safety and health risk to Mr. Smollett’s life.”
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Smollett did too They are being held in protective custodytypical of prisoners “who would be in danger of harm because of the nature of their charges, their occupation, or their noteworthy status.”
The sheriff’s office said Smollett had his own cell monitored by CCTV and an officer stationed at the door wearing a body camera. Smollett can spend “a significant amount of time” in public places to use the phone, watch television, and interact with employees, but no other detainees will be in common areas with him.
Smollett was spot on Arrested in Cook County Jail in Illinois after sentencing. According to an affidavit from a physician included in the appeal for his release, Smollett is at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 during his five-month tenure due to a weakened immune system.
“I have been asked to provide an analysis as to whether the confinement of Mr. Josie Smollett in an Illinois prison or prison poses a mortal risk to his health from an epidemiological perspective,” said Dr. Michael D. Freeman’s affidavit.
“I believe that confinement of Mr. Smollett in jail or prison poses a significantly increased risk to his health,” the statement said, adding that given the fact that, as of March 6, the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 445 people. 1 million cases and nearly 6 million deaths worldwide, making it the deadliest epidemic in modern history, “…” Imprisonment in a prison or prison poses an increased risk to Mr. Smollett’s health when considering his current state of health, including weakened immunity, in consedration . “
Saturday, Jockey Smollett, Josie Smollett’s brother said he’s since been taken to a psychiatric ward Because of “at risk of self-harm”
“I want to make it clear that he is in no way in danger of harming himself, his look or his shape,” said Jockey Smollett. “He wants to let people know that he’s very stable, he’s very strong, he’s healthy and ready to take on the challenge he’s taken on.”
Jockey Smollett warned against “false information” being spread by the media and others. “So please, make sure you all spread the facts,” he said. “We really need our people to support us.”
Having ordered the arrest to begin serving 150 days in prison, the actor addressed the court for the last time – despite the fact that he said before he read his sentence that he had nothing to say.
Smollett stood up and asserted his innocence in an emotional statement to Cook County Judge James Lane, saying, “I’m not suicidal.”
“I respect you, Your Honor,” Smollett said, putting his hands together in a nod toward the seat. “I respect your decision. Jail time? I’m not suicide. … If something happened to me there, I didn’t do it myself!”
Then deputy sheriffs surrounded Smollett before escorting him away from the courtroom—but not before raising his right fist in the air on his way out.
Lane also sentenced Smollett to 30 months in prison for a felony. Smollett was also ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the City of Chicago.
Janelle Ash of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report
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