Chicago Police released nearly 500 documents relating to the Jussie Smollett case and more details are trickling out.
According to the court records Jussie was shown two photos by police, one of which he identified “as his trainer, his friend, and an extra on ‘Empire.’”
The document then states, “Victim [name redacted] realized that the photos he viewed were of the persons that were in custody at this time. Victim [name redacted] said it can’t be them, ‘They are black as sin.’” Black as sin? What?
Jussie then told police he had good relationships with the brothers, saying, “They are straight so we don’t have any problems with women or men. They did not owe me any money, I don’t owe them any money. We have a good relationship.”
The texts were among the 460 pages released by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Chicago Police Department Thursday after a judge ordered Smollett’s case file unsealed last week.
The documents show that Smollett initially communicated with Abimbola ‘Abel’ and Olabinjo “Ola Osundairo about buying marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy before enlisting them to stage his alleged attack on Jan. 29. The brothers later told Chicago police that Smollett paid them to stage the attack on him.
“It was found during the review of these text records that on various occasions Smollett would request that (redacted) procure items for Smollett which Smollett described as weed, molly, or Whitney, which the (case report) was familiar with being slang for cannabis and controlled substances,” the documents read. “In particular, weed is slang for cannabis, molly is slang for ecstasy and whitney is slang for cocaine.”
The report notes that Smollett used the electronic payment methods PayPal and Venmo to pay for the transactions, and that on multiple occasions, Smollett appeared to describe his payment to the brothers for the drugs as payment for “legitimate expenses” like personal training.
“(Expletive), you still got a molly connect?” Smollett texted one of the brothers on Sept. 27, 2018. “Hahahaha… Imma need a good fo pills Haha.”
After completing multiple drug transactions with the brothers, Smollett texted one of them in January, “Might need your help on the low. You around to meet up and talk face to face?”
Following this exchange, the case file alleges that Smollett gave the brothers a check for $3,500, labeled as payment for a “5-week nutrition/workout program,” and asked the brothers to pretend to beat him up while calling him homophobic and racial slurs.
After the brothers told detectives about the alleged conspiracy, Smollett was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct and lying to police, one charge for each time the actor “knowingly” told police that he was the victim of a “battery, a hate crime and an aggravated battery.”
After prosecutors suddenly dropped all the charges against him on March 26, Cook County Judge Steve Watkins assented to Smollett’s request that his case file be sealed, citing his right to privacy. But media companies, including USA TODAY parent company Gannett, argued that that the actor invalidated those concerns by discussing the case on national television.
Watkins agreed two months after putting the case file off limits, he ordered its contents be released.