STEPHEN Bear has been put on suicide watch in prison and his family is “very concerned” for his wellbeing, according to a source.
The reality TV star was jailed last week for 21 months for sharing online a private sex video with then-girlfriend Georgia Harrison without her permission.
Now a source has claimed that Bear is a “broken man” and has been “crying for days” in his cell at HMP Chelmsford following his sentencing.
He is said to be “completely unprepared” for prison and had no idea he’d be given a custodial sentence.
Bear has allegedly been put on an ACCT (Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork) plan at HMP Chelmsford, which is for prisoners who are at risk of self-harm or suicide.
“He is at his lowest ebb and has been crying for days,” the source said.
“He never expected he would be jailed and is completely unprepared.
“Whatever anyone thinks about him, right now he is a broken man and feels awful for putting his family through this.
“His family members are very concerned for his wellbeing. It’s hard for them to see him suffer like this alone.
“It’s been a very difficult situation for Stephen’s loved ones.
“There is a lot of hatred being aimed towards Stephen and those close to him but they will continue to support him as he finishes his sentence.”
Bear, who faced a maximum two-year sentence, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court last Friday.
He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and was handed a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting Georgia.
The court heard how he filmed the consensual sex with Love Island star Georgia on CCTV then made at least £40,000 on OnlyFans after uploading the clip.
Judge Christopher Morgan said a jail term was the “only appropriate” punishment and said Bear “deliberately lied” when he told Georgia he had deleted the video so he could “exploit the economic value” of it.
Speaking outside court, Georgia said she was “happy and relieved” the matter was over.
“Today’s sentence is a vindication of what I’ve been put through and sends a clear message that the police and the courts take this matter very seriously,” she said.
“I want to let all other victims of this crime know that I stand in solidarity with them and I have absolutely no regrets in waiving my anonymity.”
‘DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR’
Georgia had previously told the court the case had turned her from a “happy-go-lucky” person to someone who suffers panic attacks.
Bear was accused of feeling no remorse as he showed up to his trial each day in a Rolls Royce limousine often with a cigar and wearing a fur coat.
His lawyer Gemma Rose admitted the reality star has issues with “delusions of grandeur and distorted thinking”.
But she claimed his behaviour at the trial was his way of dealing with the pressure of the case.
Ms Rose also said that Bear had been diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and a depressive disorder in a pre-sentencing report.
As well as serving his prison sentence, Bear could also be forced to sell his home from jail and pay back money he earnt from OnlyFans.
Hannah Von Dadelszen, deputy chief crown prosecutor, said Bear has been ordered to give a list of assets by the end of the month and he will have to hand back any money he’s earnt from his “criminal activity”.
It comes as his girlfriend Jessica Smith told her Instagram followers she planned to visit Bear in prison and had been contacting him through a prison voicemail and email app.
The OnlyFans model has vowed to stand by Bear, saying: “I love you. I’ll always be by your side, stay strong babe.
“The truth will come out… you never had a fair trial.”
Bear, from Walthamstow, East London, worked as a roofer before making it as a reality TV star.
He first appeared on Shipwrecked: The Island back in 2011 before taking part in Ex on the Beach in 2015.
Since then, he’s been on Celebrity Big Brother, Just Tattoo of Us and Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live.
The MoJ told UK Times they cannot comment on individual cases.
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