Ever since the Chicago District Attorney’s Office mysteriously dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett for his role in allegedly staging a hate crime, the Empire actor has been mounting a campaign to save his career. Newly released records make his return to screen look less likely than ever.
Smollett was charged with 16 felony counts in February after cops said he falsely reported that two men in MAGA hats poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck, and hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him. But Smollett claimed vindication when the DA’s Office suddenly cleared him and sealed the case. Now a judge has ordered the DA’s Office to unseal thousands of documents, and they don’t paint a pretty picture of Smollett.
“The picture that emerges serves to reinforce allegations of a man buying cocaine and ecstasy while plotting a fake hate crime against himself,” the Hollywood Reporter says.
In September Smollett texted one of the brothers who are alleged to have carried out the attack, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, “N***a you still got a molly connect. Hahahaha… Imma need a good fo pills Haha.”
The Reporter further says, “Police files indicate that Smollett paid the brothers repeatedly via Venmo and PayPal for ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana in February, in the days leading up to the staged attack.”
According to police records, a planned “face-to-face” meeting to discuss the attack is “corroborated on video and by GPS data.” During the staged attack, the paper reports, “Olabinjo Osundairo later told police he deliberately tried not to harm Smollett […] only going so far as to rub his knuckles into the actor’s face to make it look bruised.”
The actor-singer is being sued by the Chicago Police Department for $130,000 in investigation costs, and the Reporter notes that he could be on the hook for as much as $400,000 with added fines and penalties.
Smollett was written out of this season of Empire‘s final episodes, and while 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Entertainment extended the actor’s option for season six, they also said in a statement that they had “no plans” to bring the embattled actor back on the show.
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