UPDATE FOX Pulls Jussie From Remainder of Filming Season
“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out.”
The statement continues, “We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”
After his early morning arrest, Jussie Smollett was at a bond hearing on February 21 where the judge granted $100,000 bond D-bond. The D-Bond designation means he only has to pay 10%. He will be under supervision and has to surrender his passport. The judge, who is black, and told Jussie Smollett, that while there is the presumption of innocence if this is true it is utterly despicable. He found the use of a noose the most reprehensible.
The Breakdown of The Criminal Timeline
Jussie Smollett’s Relationship With Abimbola and Olabinja Osundairo
Jussie Smollett has been friends with Abimbola Osundairo, AKA Abel, since 2017. Abel is 25 years old and, along with his brother Olabinjo, age 27, has confessed to participating in the fake hate crime. Abel has been employed by Empire to act as a stand in for Jussie Smollett’s love interest on the show. He also socialized and worked out with Abel over the years.
Numerous text messages show Jussie Smollett corresponded with the Osundairo brothers to coordinate the events of the hate crime hoax with their departure to Nigeria. Jussie Smollett also met with the brothers in person to discuss setting up the hate crime attack. While driving Abel home from an arranged meeting, he told Abel that he was displeased with how the network responded to receiving a hate crime letter directed towards him. This is when suggested that the hoax for the first time.
Jussie Smollett’s Plan For The Staged Attack
When they reached Abel’s home that he shares with his brother, Abel called Ola to come out to the vehicle. It was Jussie Smollett who gave specific instructions on the attack. The details included what racial/homophobic slurs to use. He said to rough him up but also give him opportunity of giving the appearance that he fought back. Jussie told them to pour gas on him, put a rope around his neck, and yell, “This is MAGA Country!” They have evidence to back this up from CPD pod video and data from Jussie Smollett’s cell phone. Jussie Smollett told them not to bring their cell phones and had them stage the fight in front of a video camera.
The hoax was supposed to happen the previous night but Jussie Smollett’s flight from NY was delayed for several hours. This was something he mentioned on social media. I wonder if he used those hours to reconsider what he was planning to do?
The Staged Attack
Jussie Smollett called the brothers as soon as his plane landed and changed the time to two am, just a half hour after he arrived home from the airport. At 1:45 Jussie Smollett went to Subway to buy his sandwich. This made him a few minutes late to the location of the staged fight. So the brothers waited on a bench for about four minutes. There is video of them waiting up the street for four minutes. Phone records. Uber records, taxi records and cellphone records substantiate the brothers’ account how the got to the scene.
Jussie’s Statements After The Attack
During his GMA interview on February 14th, Jussie Smollett positively identified the two men as his attacker. He also indicated that the attackers were white. A eye witness who is an NBC reporter had her window open at the time of the attack and said she heard nothing at the time of the attack. In other words, there was no political or homophobic threats that she could hear. She also heard things father down the street and said if that happened even in a staged fight, she should have heard it.
There is evidence of the brothers leaving within ten minutes via taxi. Two minutes after they arrived home, Smollett’s manager called to notify the police. During the police briefing today, when asked if the manager had any involvement the officer said he was not aware of any. When they arrived, Jussie Smollett told the police to turn off their body cams during his report. He told the police which camera they should look at for the video of the attack in the course of his relating of the events.
Jussie Smollett Purchased Molly On Several Occasions From Abel
Also, we found out one of the brothers was his DRUG DEALER. Since the spring of 2018, Jussie Smollett has requested and received the street drug Molly (AKA Ecstasy) from Abimbola Osundairo.
Multiple Contacts Occurred Between Jussie And The Brothers After The Staged Crime Scene
Jussie Smollett called the brothers shortly after the attack and the call lasted just five seconds, long enough for him to ask them to call him back. That is why he didn’t want to turn over his phone. They called him back and spoke for a few seconds before they left for Nigeria. Jussie and the brothers had another phone call from the brothers when they were on a layover in Istanbul, Turkey. That call lasted about 8 minutes.
Jussie and His Family’s Demeanor During Court
The judge ordered Jussie Smollett to have no contact with the brothers or any members of their family. In addition to the $3,500 check, Jussie Smollett gave the brothers $100 bill to purchase the noose and red hats (meant to simulate MAGA hats) and ski masks and other items needed for the hoax.
Jussie Smollett was stone-faced throughout and only spoke to confirm his name. Much of his family was in court and seated behind him. They all stood when his name was called and remained standing up during the entire proceeding in the row just behind him. Just like Jussie they showed no expression.
Jussie Smollett’s family and friends were mobbed by the press as they left. The showed no expression and made no comment.
Jussie Smollett was scheduled to film Empire today. His call time was pushed back to accommodate his bond hearing. It will be interesting to see if he still has a job since the Police Briefing earlier today indicated that he staged the hoax because he was dissatisfied with his salary on Empire which is said to be around $65,000 per episode.