According to TMZ, Jussie Smollett‘s lawyers have wasted no time demanding his release from jail — at least while his appeal plays out — claiming he risks being harmed (physically and microbially) every second he stays behind bars.
The ‘Empire’ actor’s legal team filed an emergency motion Monday asking a judge to spring Jussie from behind bars while his appeal is pending — arguing that the potential cons of him staying locked up in Cook County far outweigh any benefits.
The crux of their case here is that Jussie’s family has been on the receiving end of what they say is a barrage of harassing messages and phone calls aimed at Jussie … which they say is emblematic of the harm that might actually befall him if he remains locked up.
To hammer this home … Jussie’s team offers up a video taken by the Smollett family which they say shows a stranger calling them with disgusting sentiments about what should happen to their brother as he serves his 5-month sentence. (Continue Reading)