Jussie Smollett checked himself into an outpatient rehab treatment program after being released from jail, TSZ Newz can confirm.
“It’s something he’s been wanting to do for years,” a source close to the former “Empire” actor confirmed to us on Wednesday.
They went on to say that he had “just wrapped a movie” and felt “it was time.”
His rep revealed that “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,” the rep concluded.
Smollett’s rehab stay comes more than a year after he was released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago. He had only spent six days of the five-month sentence he received for lying to police about a hate crime on five counts of felony disorderly conduct.
He made waves in 2019 after filing a police report in Chicago stating that two masked Donald Trump fans assaulted him, yelling “Empire f—-t n—-r” and pouring what he thought was bleach all over him.
He further said that a rope was tied around his neck.
After labeling him a “victim,” the Chicago Police Department quickly reversed course and called him a suspect in the case when they couldn’t find any proof of an attack.
In December 2021, twelve jurors in a Chicago criminal court convicted Smollett of faking a hate crime, and his sentence was handed down in March 2022.
According to his brother, the “Mighty Ducks” star was released from jail early after an Illinois state appellate court declared he could live freely in society while his lawyers worked to appeal his sentence.
The “B-Boy Blues” producer was proudly defending his name shortly after his release.
“If I had done this, I’d be a piece of s–t. And I don’t think that’s really questionable,” he said on a June 2022 episode of Sway Calloway’s SiriusXM show, “Sway in the Morning.”
“If I had done something like this, it would mean that I stuck my fist in the pain of black African Americans in this country for over 400 years.”
He added, “It would mean that I stuck my fist in the fears of the LGBTQ community all over the world. I am not that motherf—er. Never have been. Don’t need to be.”
He also declared his innocence in the R&B track “Thank You God…”, which he released on streaming platforms.
“It’s like they’re hell-bent on not solving the crime / Taking out the elements of race and trans and homophobia that’s straight taking lives / But turn around and act like I’m the one that killed the strides,” he rapped.
“I can’t be mad / Take my ego out / Some people searching for fame / Some people chasing that clout / Just remember this, this ain’t that situation / You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?”
In addition to defending his identity, he has returned to his work and social life with zeal.
Earlier this year, he was photographed hiking in the Hollywood Hills with his old “Empire” costar, Taraji P. Henson, and seemed to be on location directing a film starring Vivica A. Fox.