When Jussie Smollett was told his Nigerian trainer and his brother had been arrested for the ‘homophobic, racist’ attack he said he was the victim of, he reacted with: ‘It can’t be them, they’e black as sin.’
His reaction was revealed for the first time on Thursday, buried in 470 pages of previously sealed Chicago PD files that have finally been made public.
The files, which DailyMail.com has reviewed in full, also reveal how Smollett changed his story throughout the police investigation, first telling police one of his attackers was white, then ‘pale’ and admitting that he had ‘presumed’ they were white because of what he claimed they said to him – ‘This MAGA country’.
He said that his attacker had ‘pale’ skin that was visible behind the mask he was wearing, around his eyes.
Much of the detail in the files was already known to the public including Smollett’s initial police report of the attack and how police used Uber receipts to find the brothers.
The messages show Smollett asking either Abel (right) and Ola Osundairo (left) for help to acquire ‘good pills’ with nicknames revealed to be for cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. These are the first time their mugshots have been seen
Newly released documents regarding Jussie Smollett’s case have revealed text messages in which the Empire star texted the Nigerian brothers asking for drugs
There were multiple line-ups put together but none ever identified them as the culprits.
It is not explicitly stated in the files if Smollett ever viewed a line up that had the brothers in it because they are largely redacted.
Some files still remain secret, including exactly what the brothers said in their interviews, which the police department expects to release next week.
Two taxi drivers and an Uber driver who drove the brothers on the night of the attack identified them as black, the records show.
None of the drivers however picked out the pair in line-ups once they were in custody.
Smollett, 36, also changed his phone number immediately after the attack but used it to speak with Abel and Ola Osundairo, the Nigerian brothers, in the hours and days after the January 29 incident.
WHAT FILES REVEAL
– Smollett acted surprised when police told him brothers were in custody
– He first said they were friends, said they had no problems, then agreed to press charges but was stopped by his lawyer
– In September 2018, he exchanged texts with Abel Osundairo about ‘molly’, ‘pills’ and ‘whitney’
– He changed his phone number immediately after the hoax attack
– In his first police report, he said attacker had white skin then he changed his story and said he only ‘assumed’ that
– Smollett refused to release his medical records, hand over his phone or give DNA evidence
– The brothers denied having anything to do with the letter Smollett said he received on January 22
– Reporters posed as homeless people outside the Chicago PD HQ to try to get new leads
– All of the surveillance video from the case including the brothers’ interviews
– Transcripts from the brothers interviews
– Transcripts and any videos from Smollett’s conversations with police
In early interviews, he told police he had spoken only to his creative director and to his manager on the night of the attack after landing back in Chicago from New York.
He then added into his story that he had spoken to his ‘trainer’, Abel, about a diet and nutrition plan.
Harvested text messages between him and the brothers also show how they discussed drugs, calling cocaine ‘Whitney’.
He asked them for good ‘pills’, said: ‘N***a you still got a Molly connect? Imma need a good fo pills hahahaha (sic)’ on September 27, 2018.
Smollett also sent them money on Venmo.
When police told him that the brothers, whose mugshots were also released for the first time on Thursday, had been arrested, Smollett allegedly feigned surprise.
‘We don’t have any problems.
‘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,’ he said.
Earlier, when shown a video of them walking in the street, before police said they knew who they were, he said: ‘Those are the guys that attacked me!’
Smollett, once aware that the brothers were in custody but unaware they had told police that the plot was his idea, then signed documents to have police press charges but his attorney stopped him.
In the September texts about ‘molly’ and ‘whitney, Smollett asked Abel where he was and asks if the wanted to come over.
‘You wanna come through? If not I can get it tomorrow,’ he writes.
‘I’m falling asleep,’he responded. ‘You can get it tomorrow.’
‘No doubt,’ Smollett wrote back.
Documents state that Smollett and one of the Nigerian brothers began texting on February 24, 2018.
After their exchange about ‘molly’ and ‘whitney’, Smollett sent Abel $200 on Venmo.
On January 27, Smollett picked the brothers up from their home in his Mercedes, drove them to the spot where the attack would take place and walked them through it, they said.
New details about Abel told them about his training fees, saying he typically charges $50 an hour. He said he had two clients, including Smollett.
It was also revealed that the day before his arrest, Smollett and his attorney asked for a meeting with prosecutors.
They delayed the brothers’ grand jury testimony because of it.
The messages show Smollett asking for helping to acquire ‘good pills’ with nicknames revealed to be for cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana
Investigators alleged that Smollett had recruited the Osundairo brothers to stage the hoax attack, hoping it would help him get a salary raise on Empire