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Jussie Smollett says he should be released from prison for five to 75 days due to the risk of Covid

Jussie Smollett is in court Thursday after being sentenced to 150 days in prison, half of which he will serve.  He's now pleading for his release, claiming he's at risk for COVID because he's immunocompromised, but he also doesn't deserve to be there.

Five days into his 75-day prison sentence, Josie Smollett is now complaining that he is at risk of contracting COVID in prison and is worried about his mental health, so he should be let out early.

Smollett, 39, is being held in the medical unit of the Cook County Jail.

His family says he is being held in a psychiatric ward and that there is a note on his cell door saying he is in danger of harming himself – and they insist that is not true.

They say it speaks to the courtroom explosion in Smollett where he insisted he wasn’t suicidal and claimed that if anything happened to him in prison, it was at the hands of someone else.

Now, the family asks for his release again. They filed an emergency application in the Court of Appeals on Monday, claiming he should never have been found guilty.

Jussie Smollett is in court Thursday after being sentenced to 150 days in prison, half of which he will serve. He’s now pleading for his release, claiming he’s at risk for COVID because he’s immunocompromised, but he also doesn’t deserve to be there.

Josie is being held in the medical unit.  His family says he is being held in a psychiatric ward with a sign on the door claiming he is in danger of harming himself - which they say is untrue

Josie is being held in the medical unit. His family says he is being held in a psychiatric ward with a sign on the door claiming he is in danger of harming himself – which they say is untrue

Even if a judge doesn’t overturn the conviction, they think he doesn’t deserve jail time. The judge has not responded to her yet.

Smollett was sentenced to 150 days behind bars last week for lying to police about a crime of racial hatred he committed with Nigerian brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo.

Because he’s been given eligibility for one day, he can get out in half the time – just over two months.

After Thursday’s ruling, they asked Judge James Lane to suspend the sentence and then asked him, seconds later, to apply a stay to avoid Smollett having to spend one night behind bars.

Smollett in his booking photo on Thursday

Smollett in his booking photo on Thursday

Judge Lin, who had grown more frustrated with them, rejected both requests at 11 o’clock and said, “This is happening here and now.”

In Monday’s file before the Court of Appeals, the family also included a letter from a doctor saying the risk of contracting COVID-19 is an additional reason Smollett should not be in prison.

In my opinion, the confinement of Mr. Smollett in prison or in prison poses an increased risk to his health.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing pandemic… As of March 2022, the pandemic has caused more than 445 million cases and nearly 6 million deaths worldwide.

“Confinement in a prison or prison poses an increased risk to Mr. Smollett’s health when his present state of health, including his weakened immunity, is taken into account.”

The doctor did not say what makes him immunocompromised, and Smollett’s representatives did not respond to inquiries about it.

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Since then, Smollett’s family says they have received threats about him.

They received one via voicemail and sent it to the media on Monday.

The caller used racist and homophobic insults, called Smollett with an N word and “f****t”. They said they hoped someone would “take care” of him in prison.

Smollett’s sentence is an eighth of what it could have been.

Commenting on her Instagram post, Hanson demanded that Smollett's case be reviewed so he could face a lesser sentence.  I suggested that the imperial actor face house arrest instead of imprisonment

Commenting on her Instagram post, Hanson demanded that Smollett’s case be reviewed so he could face a lesser sentence. I suggested that the imperial actor face house arrest instead of imprisonment

Commenting on her Instagram post, Hanson demanded that Smollett's case be reviewed so he could face a lesser sentence.  I suggested that the imperial actor face house arrest instead of imprisonment

Commenting on her Instagram post, Hanson demanded that Smollett’s case be reviewed so he could face a lesser sentence. I suggested that the imperial actor face house arrest instead of imprisonment

On Thursday, Olabingo Osondaero attended Jussie Smollett's sentencing hearing with attorney Gloria Schmidt.  His brother Abel trains in Colorado as a boxer

On Thursday, Olabingo Osondaero attended Jussie Smollett’s sentencing hearing with attorney Gloria Schmidt. His brother Abel trains in Colorado as a boxer

He was also ordered to pay $120,000 in damages to the city of Chicago, which reflects the $130,000 police say they spent investigating his false crime, minus the $10,000 he had already surrendered when he struck a now-defunct deal with Cook County prosecutors last March.

Smollett was never able to explain why the Osondaero brothers framed him by telling the police that he paid them to beat them.

He says he can’t explain why they did this, but he honestly believed the person was light-skinned when the police claimed the same thing.

The racist hate attack occurred in January 2019. He was arrested the following month, but the case was delayed due to changes in the prosecution.

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Smollett still enjoys huge support from his fellow stars including Taraji P. Henderson.