The brother of disgraced Hollywood felon Jussie Smollett has made a desperate plea to get his celebrity relative released from jail.
Jocqui Smollett is demanding that Jussie be immediately set free, claiming “there is absolutely no evidence” that his sibling staged a fake hate crime against himself and filed a false police report.
He called it a “he said, she said” situation, despite the overwhelming evidence that led a court of law to convict Smollett on multiple felony charges.
“I want y’all to Google right now the long list of ‘wrongful convictions’ in the United States,” Smollett desperately urged the former “Empire” actor’s “woke” supporters.
“There were 150 exonerations in 2018 alone aka the government realizing they wrongfully convicted someone.
“Y’all blindly believe in our criminal justice system so much that you think a guilty verdict means the crime was committed—there is absolutely no evidence linking Jussie to staging his own hate crime besides the testimony of two brothers.
“That’s ‘he said she said,’ not litigation,” he alleged.
“Are you not terrified of the precedent this now sets?
“That means you could hang out with some folks, one of them being your friend and then all it takes is those two individuals saying you did something for you to be convicted guilty of a crime!!! Wild!!!
“No concrete evidence at all and the government locks you up—I keep getting DM’s ‘But there’s overwhelming evidence’—there absolutely is not and if you think that you’ve clearly been manipulated by the media due to lacking critical thinking skills.
“They all publically stated Jussie was innocent years ago—this should not be controversial to say,” he said.
Meanwhile, Smollett’s lawyers filed an emergency motion to pause his sentence and release him on bond after Jussie has served just a few days of his 5-month sentence.
“Mr. Smollett has become the target of vicious threats in the social media forums which no doubt reflects the hatred and wish for physical harm towards Smollett which he may experience during incarceration,” Smollett’s filing reads.
“Mr. Smollett anticipates he will most likely be assigned to segregated incarceration or protective custody, both euphemisms for solitary confinement; a situation which could have extraordinary damage on his mental health,” the filing continues.
“As a result, any custodial setting poses a safety and health danger to the life of Mr. Smollett,” the filing says.
Jussie Smollett’s sister, Jurnee Smollett, said Cook County should release Jussie even if the court does not “believe in his innocence.”
Jurnee Smollett said:
“Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly five times the rate of white Americans.
“Jussie is innocent,” she falsely alleged.
“And you don’t have to believe in his innocence to believe he should be free.”
The Cook County Sheriff’s office said Smollett’s treatment is fine and he is not in solitary confinement.
“Mr. Smollett is being housed in his own cell, which is monitored by security cameras in the cell and by an officer wearing a body-worn camera who is stationed at the entrance of the cell to ensure that Mr. Smollett is under direct observation at all times.
“As with all detained persons, Mr. Smollett is entitled to have substantial time out of his cell in the common areas on the tier where he is housed, where he is able to use the telephone, watch television, and interact with staff.
“During such times out of cell, other detainees will not be present in the common areas.
“These protocols are routinely used for individuals ordered into protective custody who may potentially be at risk of harm due to the nature of their charges, their profession, or their noteworthy status.
“The safety and security of all detained individuals, including Mr. Smollett, is the Sheriff’s Office’s highest priority,” the office said.
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— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) March 14, 2022