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Cousins! Actor Jussie Smollet has officially taken to rehab within a treatment facility as part of an outpatient program!
According to reports from TMZ, on Wednesday, October 18th a representative from Jussie’s team confirmed his stay. “Jussie has had an extremely difficult past few years. He has quietly been working very hard for some time now and we are proud of him for taking these necessary steps.”
As we previously reported Jussie was found guilty of lying to Chicago police officials following an alleged staged attack in 2019. The former ‘Empire’ star is said to have allegedly hired two brothers to carry out a racist and homophobic attack while dressed up as Trump supporters.
Jussie has previously stated that he was attacked from behind and had a noose placed around his neck.
Jussie has been ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the City of Chicago and was fined $25,000. He was also sentenced to 150 days in jail in response to the guilty verdict. However he was released in less than a month.
To this day he maintains his innocence, while his conviction is still undergoing an appeal process.
We caught up with Jussie last year on the red carpet during Bet weekend in Los Angeles alongside fellow actor Brandee Evans as he appeared in good spirits.
AP News reports, Jussie’s legal team previously forwarded a 76-page written appeal within his 2021 trial indicating that the courts violated his Fifth Amendment protections. He also declared that he was being punished for the same crime twice.
Please join us in keeping Jussie in your prayers while wishing him the best of luck as he takes the necessary steps to get his life on track 🙏🏿