Hundreds of pages of case files surrounding Jussie Smollett’s case were released this week by Chicago police.
Approximately 450 pages of documents were sent in three pdf files by Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, to include the original police report and supplemental reports from the case.
According to NBC, the documents are part of a multi-stage release following a judge’s order to unseal Smollett’s file. The criminal case file doesn’t appear to contain much new information. However, it does center around the legal battles between media outlets who wanted access to the file and Smollett’s attorneys who wanted it kept under wraps and sealed.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins determined that Smollett’s actions, before and after his case was dismissed, didn’t appear to be those of someone wanting to maintain his privacy. Watkins decision was based on Smollett forfeiting his right to protect his privacy by talking to the media himself.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Some of the new information found in the case files include:
1. The initial description of the “assailants” by Jussie was that at least one of them were white, but as we all know, both Osundairo brothers are black.
2. The Osundairo brothers told police that Smollett picked them up and dropped them off on January 25 and January 27 — two days before the incident, and allegedly even brought them to the location of the attack.
3. Within the recently unsealed police report, it’s revealed that Smollett told authorities that days before the alleged attack, he not only received a letter with a substance (Tylenol) on it at the ‘Empire’ set, but he also received a phone call in which a male voice told him, “Hey you little f—-t,” then hung up.
4. After the arrest of the Osundairo brothers, they both declined food while in custody due to “fasting.”
5. Many reporters disguised themselves as homeless people outside of Chicago PD, in order to get close to the action and possibly get further details while the case was ongoing.
Cook County prosecutors also told detectives that a deal with Smollett could take place and include a $10,000 fine and community service. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the detectives did not share the information with superiors because they assumed a deal would include Smollett admitting to lying about the attack.
Smollett’s lawyers had argued that since the charges were dropped, the actor had “the right to be left alone” and the case files should remain sealed.