Last week, Jussie Smollet was sentenced to 150 days in prison for falsely claiming that he was a victim of a hate crime but has been released on bond from jail, pending an appeal against his conviction.
People are furious as details surrounding his release come to light.
Smollet was found guilty of 5 counts of disorderly conduct and lying that he was a victim of racism and a homophobic attack. After an 8-day trial, the judge ordered him to spend five months behind bars.
But, Smollet spent just one day behind bars. His lawyers argued that he should be released during his appeal. This was due to fears about the actor's safety behind bars.
This ruling follows an incident in 2019, where Smollet claimed that two assailants attacked him. He said they had shouted slurs and a Trump slogan and dumped a "chemical substance" on him while they tied a noose around his neck.
A police investigation later showed that he had filed a false report and had staged the assault.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Smollet's lawyers and his brother, Jocqui Smollet, claimed that he was kept in the "psych ward" of the jail for his safety.
In a report by The Independent, the Cook County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a statement released that Smollet was not in solitary confinement. It read:
"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 Smollet, is the Sheriff's Office's highest priority."
Later, Jocqui, Smollet's younger brother, revealed via Instagram that due to pressure put on the jail by fans, his brother had been taken out of the psych ward.
To explain this, a spokesperson from the Sheriff's office said:
"He was moved from that cell because Cermak Health Services needed his cell for another detained person. This was a decision made by the medical professionals. Mr. Smollet was never restrained to a bed or anything else in the cell. The bed was never equipped with restraints."
Despite his appeal, Jussie Smollet has been released from jail, and many are not happy about it.
He has left the Cook County Jail surrounded by security while making no comments to reporters. He had to sign a $150,000 recognizance bond before his release.
While some people are not pleased with his release, there are others in support of him. What do you think about it?