ABC News got the $ 3,500 check apparently signed from "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to one of the two brothers who, according to Chicago police, helped organize an attack on Smollett last month.
ABC News reports that the check note line reads: "5-week nutrition / training program (do not go there)". Sources told ABC News that Smollett was training for a future clip titled "Do not Go."
The check was dated January 23, six days before Smollett was accused of organizing the attack. The clip was to be filmed on February 23, according to a Smollett calendar entry obtained by ABC News.
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A source close to Smollett told ABC News that the check for $ 3,500 was $ 600 a week for the training plan and $ 100 a week for the nutrition plan.
ABC News has also obtained SMS messages between Smollett and one of the Osundairo brothers.
A judge decided Monday to allow Smollett to travel to California and New York. The actor did not appear in court on Monday. Only his lawyers were present.
Police and prosecutors accused Smollett of paying for two brothers to shout homophobic and racial slurs in the Streeterville neighborhood near his apartment.
Chicago Police Commissioner Eddie Johnson said Smollett's motive was that he "was unhappy with his salary." He sat on Monday with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America", where he said the story did not add up.
"So now, as I said, he has the presumption of innocence and he will have a chance in court if he chooses that path." I was very aware of the situation regarding the Chicago Police Department stating that it was But I can tell you this, Robin, there is a lot more evidence that has not yet been presented and that does not support the version that it is. he gave us, "said Johnson. "There is still a lot of material evidence, videos and testimonials that simply do not support his version of what happened."
Smollett maintained his innocence and his lawyers issued a statement last week in which he said: "The presumption of innocence, the foundation of the pursuit of justice, has been trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and especially at the expense of eve of the municipal elections Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable and honest character who keeps his innocence ferociously and solemnly and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to evade due process and go straight to the trouble. "
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Smollett's father T.V., the actor Terrence Howard, supports the actor in conflict.
Howard posted a video of Smollett holding a baby on his Instagram account, saying in part: "All your little friends have had it."
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On February 22, executive producers of "Empire" wrote Smollett's character, Jamal, on the last two episodes of the season to "avoid new disturbances" on the set.
Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct on 20 February. He issued a bond and denied having organized the attack.
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Smollett is scheduled to appear in court on March 14, when he will plead. If Smollett is finally convicted, he could be sentenced to three years in prison. He could also face substantial fines.