Release Of Jussie Smollett’s Case Files Could Affect His Hollywood Comeback
The release of Jussie Smollett’s case files could have major complications for the actor.
As we reported, hundreds of pages of documents in the Jussie Smollett case, including emails, text messages, police reports and court records had been released to the public last week.
Back in May, Empire’s writers were initially in talks about Smollett’s return and Jussie himself seemed ready to get back to work once the charges were dropped, adding that he “appreciated” 20th Century Fox’s decision to extend his contract for the possible return of Jamal Lyon in season six.
However, the released documents only reinforce his murky reputation and show him as a man seeking cocaine and other drugs. They do not exonerate him and it still appears that he faked a hate crime.
As we reported, Smollett was indicted by a Chicago grand jury with 16 felony counts after a police investigation discovered that the actor had lied about being the victim of a horrific hate crime.
The documents further show that Jussie tried on numerous occasions to purchase drugs from Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, the two brothers who allegedly aided him with the hoax.
“N***a you still got a molly connect,” Smollett texted them in September. “Hahahaha… Imma need a good fo pills Haha.”
Police files portray the communication between the brothers and Jussie, including detailed narrative of a “face to face” meeting to discuss plans.“ This evidence was backed up by “video and by GPS data.”
Olabinjo Osundairo allegedly told police that he didn’t want to really harm Jussie, he just rubbed his knuckles on his face so it appeared bruised.
The Hollywood Reporter believes that the release of this information may further push movie and talent execs to keep a distance from the actor. Even 20th Century Fox said they had “no plans” to bring Jussie back on the show despite his extended contract, as they have already written off his character Jamal.