Brock Turner, a former Stanford swimmer who was convicted of sexual assault, was reportedly placed in protective custody while in prison due to threats from other inmates who wished to harm him.
TMZ confirmed that Turner is currently being held in an area away from the general population at Santa Clara County Jail in California, out of fear for his safety. Inmates convicted of sexual assault are often kept in protective custody, the site reported.
"They're kept totally separate ... so they aren't harmed," a rep for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office said.
It's no surprise that angry inmates would be out for the Turner's blood, especially after he's expected to serve only a few months behind bars for his crime.
Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail for sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman behind a dumpster on campus in 2015. With good behavior, however, he is expected to be out in three months.
Turner’s sentence has garnered international criticism and outrage for what many believe is bias and special treatment on the part of Judge Aaron Persky.
Two character witness statements also came under fire for their reported support of Turner — prompting the women who provided those statements to express their regret following his sentencing.
"In the statement I submitted to the Judge during the criminal proceedings and before sentencing referencing Brock's character, I made a mistake," Turner’s high school guidance counselor, Kelly Owens, said in a statement, ABC News reported.
“Of course he should be held accountable. I pray for the victim, her family and all those affected by this horrible event. I am truly sorry for the additional pain my statement has caused. I tell my students they have to be accountable, and Brock is no exception."
Leslie Rasmussen, a friend of Turner’s from his childhood in Ohio, also apologized for a witness statement that sparked outrage, because it reportedly blamed political correctness and drinking culture for the young man’s actions.
“I did not acknowledge strongly enough the severity of Brock's crime and the suffering and pain that his victim endured, and for that lack of acknowledgement, I am deeply sorry,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
“I fully understand the outrage over Brock's sentencing and my statement. I can only say that I am committed to learning from this mistake. I am 20 years old, and it has never been more clear to me that I still have much to learn."
Rasmussen is part of the indie rock band Good English. Many of the band's venues reportedly canceled on them following Turner's sentencing.