[Ed. – If he’s going down, it won’t be alone. What a guy!]
Jussie Smollett told officers he has a drug problem as they arrested him for allegedly staging a “racist and homophobic” street attack to boost his career, according to US reports.
Cops later said the Empire star had bought ecstasy from one of the brothers said to have helped him in the elaborate hoax.
Police charged Smollett on Wednesday with staging the violent attack in Chicago and he handed himself in the next morning.
During his arrest he reportedly told officers he struggled with drug use and had never been treated, TMZ reports.
And police papers say text messages appear to show Smollett asking pal and Empire extra Abel Osundairo for “Molly” – a street name for ecstasy.
If he is convicted, a drug problem could be used as a mitigating factor and get his sentence reduced, US reports say.
Abel, who worked on the TV show with the humiliated star, and his brother Ola were allegedly paid £3,000 to stage the fake attack last month.
Police said the actor messaged Abel days before saying: “Might need your help on the low.”