Jesse Jackson Denies Suicide Rumors

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. denied reports that his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., had attempted suicide. The congressman has not been seen on Capitol Hill since June 10, and his office said in a June 26 statement that he would take a “medical leave of absence” to treat a health condition. The mystery has deepened since then, and sources say it may be months before his return, if he comes back at all. But his father pushed back on rumors that the congressman had tried to kill himself. “No, it’s not true,” he said. “He’s with his doctor and getting treatment, regaining his strength. That’s all I really want to say at this point.”