Revealing what Smollett didn't want people to see
Chicago police released text messages and other records related to the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax case, revealing more about the communication the "Empire" star had with the Nigerian brothers who were allegedly in on the scheme, according to the Daily Beast.
In the months leading up to the incident, Smollett exchanged texts with Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo seeking to purchase drugs from them, including ecstasy, marijuana, and cocaine. Smollett paid them for the drugs using PayPal and Venmo.
A conspicuous message occurred in January when Smollett texted them "Might need your help on the low. You around to meet up and talk face to face?"
After that message, Smollett picked up one of the brothers and drove to their apartment. Police say they conducted a practice run of the hoax assault the next morning, and that Smollett told them to call him "Empire f****t" and "Empire n****r" while beating him up.
Smollett allegedly paid the brothers $3,500 by check and wrote that the check was for a nutrition and fitness program.
The documents released by Chicago PD also detail how uncooperative Smollett was during the investigation, refusing to look at photos of potential suspects and refusing to turn over his phone or submit to DNA testing.
While Smollett's charges for filing a false police report were dropped, the legal fallout from the case continues. The Osundairo brothers are suing Smollett's attorney, Mark Geragos, for defamation.
The city of Chicago is suing in an attempt to get $130,000 back for overtime pay incurred during the investigation. And, a judge is petitioning for the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the case, including the bewildering decision to suddenly drop all 16 charges against Smollett and potential conflicts of interest due to communications Foxx may have had with the Smollett family and associates.