Now that Jussie Smollett has been arrested for falsifying a police report, we have a much clearer idea of how the actor went about staging his own assault.
Allegedly, that is.
Courtesy of documents filed by prosecutors at Smollett's bond hearing on February 21, we know when Smollett contacted the men who would help his go through with this scheme... what the original plan was between the trio... and what Smollett provided these men with in order to carry out the supposed assault.
Again: Allegedly, that is.
The details described here are chilling and disturbing.
Scroll down to get a fuller picture of exactly what Smollett is accused orchestrating.
UPDATE: All charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped!
Smollett is Free on $100,000 Bond
He was released from jail on Thursday afternoon and rushed to a waiting SUV, not saying anything to the throng of reporters gathered around him as he made his way to the car.
What Has He Been Charged with Again?
Felony disorderly conduct - for falsifying a police report. The charge he faces carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail.
The Judge Comes Down Hard
During Thursday’s proceedings, members of Smollett’s family were in the courtroom with him as the judge, John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr., said that he found the investigators’ account of the incident disturbing, especially the assertion that Smollett had used a rope around his neck to heighten outrage.
What Did the Judge Say?
“We live in a country where you are presumed innocent,” he told the actor “However, if these allegations are true, I find them utterly outrageous. Especially the violent, despicable use of a noose, which conjures such evil in our country.”
As for the Details in These Legal Documents?
They start with the letters sent to Smollett on the set of Empire. It remains a little ambiguous whether police believe Smollett sent them to himself, but they contained a powerdery white substance.
Was It Anthrax?
It was meant to come across that way, but it turned out to be crushed Ibuprofen.